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American sailing vessel capsizes during a gale and fifteen passengers and crew are lost

Shipwreck and Disaster at Sea, iconic image
07/23/1858
The American registered barque, the Mayflower, had sailed from New York for Europe, with ten passengers and eleven crew, on July 9, but capsized in a mid-Atlantic gale.  The ship righted itself half an hour later and the survivors found twelve people drowned below decks.  Three others, including the wife of the captain were also lost.  The merchant vessel Cairo was to happen upon the wreck the next day, rescue the remaining passengers and crew, and land then at Queenstown in Ireland on August 23. (By John Osborne)
Source Citation: 
Chronicle,The Annual Register or a View of the History and Politics of the Year 1858 (London: F. & J. Rivington, 1859), 151.

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