Our unstoppable archivists have recovered dramatic photos of the salvage and sinking of the SS City of Salisbury.
The famous “Zoo Ship” sank 76 years ago today.
Graves Light Station has acquired the historic Associated Press photos of the 1938 shipwreck.
The vessel wrecked off Graves Ledge in April, its keel broken on an uncharted ledge. The big steamer sank the following month.
Most of the vessel’s cargo of exotic animals from India and Ceylon survived, and all the people on board escaped unharmed.
We have been scouring antique photo collections and old newspaper archives for images of wrecks, rescues and other events around Graves Light, and already had a number of original pictures from the SS City of Salisbury.
The latest collection of eight original prints are from the Associated Press, acquired from a dealer in Tennessee.