The Valencia Tragedy

By (author): Michael C. Neitzel
ISBN 9781895811360
Softcover | Publication Date: May 1, 1995
Book Dimensions: 5.5 in x 8.5 in
112 Pages
$9.95 CAD

About the Book

“The most shameful incident in Canadian Maritime history” occurred in January 1906 when the steamer Valencia hit rocks off the treacherous west coast of Vancouver Island, only 100 feet from shore. Over the next 40 hours the vessel was pounded to pieces. More than 80 people, many of them women and children, drowned. Men watching from the shore offered no assistance, and three potential rescue vessels sailed away. The tragedy is considered the most appalling display of bad luck, incompetence, negligence and lack of compassion in recorded Canadian maritime history.

About the Author(s)

Michael C. Neitzel rediscovered his love for writing and his interest in local history after returning home to Coquitlam, BC, from a two-and-a-half-year sailing voyage with his family to the South Pacific and Australia. He has written a book about that long sailing adventure, and has also published many articles on sailing and the sea in magazines in Canada and Australia. A free spirit and adventurer at heart, Michael is most comfortable on the family sailing ketch Southern Cross, planning his next ocean voyage. He lives in Pitt Meadows, BC.