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Clipper ship bound for Liverpool from Australia hits an iceberg

Shipwreck and Disaster at Sea, iconic image
04/01/1859
The Indian Ocean, an Australian clipper ship carrying gold and passengers from Melbourne to Liverpool in England hit an iceberg in the southern seas losing two of her masts. The captain and a dozen members of the crew took to the boats but the second officer and the remainder refused to give up the ship. More than five weeks later, the Indian Ocean, the second officer, his crew, his forty passengers and 25,070 ounces of gold dust arrived safely at the port of Valparaiso in Chile. The men who took to the boats were lost at sea.  (By John Osborne)
Source Citation: 
Chronicle, The Annual Register or a View of the History and Politics of the Year 1859 (London: F. & J. Rivington, 1860), 40-41.

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