Hulda O Shipwreck

The Hulda O was a wooden tanker ship built at Lund, BC in 1917.  According to her registry, she was 49.5 feet long, 12 feet in breadth, 7.2 feet deep, and displaced 28 gross tons.  She ran by screw propulsion at three horsepower.

According to newspaper reports, on Sunday, December 26, 1926, at 1:35 pm, an explosion occurred on board the Hulda O while she was docked at the Shell Oil Company’s dock at Barnet, in Burrard Inlet.  The Hulda O had just taken on a full cargo of gasoline (approximately 5500 gallons) and was backing out of her berth at the time of the explosion.

James and Oscar Orpana were on board at the time of the explosion.  James received burns to his hands and face.  Oscar was much more seriously injured.  He had been blown 20 feet from the deck of the Hulda O to the oil dock and suffered burns all over his body and the fracture of both artists and ankles.  The brothers were rushed to the hospital.

For more information on the Hulda O Shipwreck and other shipwrecks of the Lower Mainland of BC, go to: UASBC.Com. You can order the publication Historic Shipwrecks of the Sunshine Coast from the Underwater Archaeological Society of British Columbia publications.

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