In April 1902 the volcano Pelée on the island Martinique started getting active, and 8.May the volcano erupted in a devastating blast which totally destroyed the town of Saint Pierre and killed approximately 30000 people. The Canadian steamer Roraima laid in the harbor loaded with  potassium which caught fire and burned for three full days before she sank. The remains of Roraima rest today approximately 300 meter from shore on a depth of 45 to 60 meter.

Former names:
103,6,0 x 11,6 x 6,0 m
Tons: Built: Home Port:
2712 grt
Quebec ( CA ) 1883 Quebeq ( CA )

Picture: Roraima, date unknown
Originally from
Underwater Video
"Mount Pelée is famous for its extremely destructive eruption in 1902 and the destruction that resulted, now dubbed the worst volcanic disaster of the 20th century.The eruption killed about 30,000 people, most deaths in the destroyed Saint-Pierre, at that time the largest city in Martinique. Pyroclastic flows completely destroyed St. Pierre, Martinique, a town of 30,000 people, following the eruption of Mont Pelée. The eruption left only two survivors in the direct path of the volcano, one alive because he was in a poorly ventilated, dungeon-like jail cell and the other, living on the edge of the city"