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Prinzess Irene Ashore at Fire Island


A. Noble Chapman


April 6, 1911


On April 6, 1911, the German ocean liner "Prinzess Irene" struck a sand bar off Fire Island one mile east of Lone Hill (now Fire Island Pines.) She was carrying 1725 passengers, a crew of 263, and a large general cargo. Life saving units from Lone Hill, Point O'Woods, and Blue Point transferred all passengers to the liner Prince Frederick in the space of a few hours. Tugboats worked to free the ship, which was floated after 83 hours and was assisted to harbor in Hoboken, having suffered only minor damage. In this view, other ships can be seen in the distance.


Near Lone Hill (now Fire Island Pines), Fire Island, NY


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