The New York Times, 12 February 1899
TERRIFIC WEATHER AT SEA
Overdue Steamships Struggle In Heavily Sheathed in Ice
SEVERAL VESSELS GO ASHORE
Craft Dragged About the Harbor by Tide-Impelled Ice Floes---Ship Unable
to Leave Port
Three large vessels, besides some minor craft, went ashore yesterday in
this vicinity, several came in from sea heavily encrusted with ice, and
others were dragged hither and thither about the harbor with the ice
floes, which moved with the ebb and flood of the tide. Sailing craft
which essayed the harbor found themselves in predicaments.
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The overdue White Star Line steamship Germanic came in yesterday also,
and she, too, was coated with ice. Hull, rail, boats, bridge, and
rigging, and far up the masts, all was ice. She looked like a visitor
from the arctic regions.
It was estimated that there were at least 500 tons of ice on her, and,
as she listed a good deal to starboard, the list was attributed to the
ice. The list, however, was really due to trim. As one went aboard the
outer gangways were seen to be surrounded with ice, and they looked like
the entrance to ice grottoes, while enormous icicles hung from the decks
above. The decks were filled with slush and seamen were busily at work
clearing away with pick and shovel.
The time of passage for the Germanic was 9 days 33 minutes. The vessel
suffered no damage, but the passengers had an exceedingly uncomfortable
voyage of it. Owing to the ice and the list to starboard, navigating the
vessel from the bridge was very hazardous, and the officers suffered
much from the cold.
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