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Passengers from the stricken steamer Quaker City landed safely in Norfolk, Virginia

Shipwreck and Disaster at Sea, iconic image
10/09/1859
Two days before, the passenger steamer Quaker City suffered the loss of its engines in an explosion and found itself leaking and adrift about fifty miles due east of Cape Hatteras, North Carolina.  The small bark Dunbarton appeared and took off most of the passengers, around 100 people, and later transferred them to the steamer Louisiana, which brought them safely to Norfolk, Virginia.  The Quaker City, threatened by heavy seas but still afloat, eventually was taken under tow and reached Norfolk on October 12.  (By John Osborne)
Source Citation: 
The American Almanac and Repository of Useful Knowledge (Boston: Crosby, Nichols, Lee and Company, 1861), 404.
"Accident to the Steamship Quaker City," New York Times, October 10, 1859, p. 4.

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