October 16, 2012

Heroic dog saves ship passengers

The Wreck of the Ethie
by Hilary Hyland

On December 11, 1919, the SS Ethie was caught in a fierce blizzard off the west coast of Newfoundland. Unable to reach safe harbour, the captain was forced to run the ship aground on the rocks near Martin's Point, where it was battered by strong waves.  All 92 passengers and crew were saved when a Newfoundland dog hauled a lifeline from the ship to the shore. 

This is the fictionalized account of an exciting true story. The Ethie's voyage is told with drama and suspense, while the description of the dog's heroic feat will have readers on the edge of their seats. The story's end is somewhat marred by the inclusion of a dreadful poem about the wreck by E.J. Pratt. Thankfully, it is the dog that will be remembered instead.

For more stories about shipwrecks, see my other blog Interesting Nonfiction for Inquisitive Kids.

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