Cazador (Chilean ship)
Sinking of Cazador
|Fate:||Sold to Chile 1851|
|First Steamer in the Chilean Navy|
|Fate:||Sunk on 30 January 1856 off Punta Carranza|
|Propulsion:||150 ps, 3 masts, barque rigged|
On 30 January 1856 Cazador sailed off Talcahuano bound for Valparaíso at 11:30 AM carrying the 2nd Company of the Battalion Maipo and their families. In addition, she carried supplies, horses and guns. She sailed 6 miles from the coast at 9 kn.
At 20:00 the ship was driven on reef off Point Carranza, 10 km south of Constitución.
The sinking of the Cazador resulted in the greatest single-incident maritime loss of life in the history of Chile.
Sources disagree on the number rescued and final death toll. The ship's captain, Ramón Cavieses, in his report gives 23 rescued and 307 dead, but author Carlos Lopéz Urrutia gives 400 dead.
- Chilean Navy website Cazador, retrieved on 31 December 2012
- Wreck Report for 'John Elder', 1892, also sunk off Punta Carranza