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British passenger ship hits the Nova Scotia coast and is lost along with twenty-seven lives

Shipwreck and Disaster at Sea, iconic image
11/21/1859
Just before daybreak, the Britain Allan Line passenger steamer Indian struck the Seal Ledge of the coast of Nova Scotia, and broke in two.  The vessel had left Liverpool in England bound for Halifax on November 9, 1859 with 115 passengers and crew.  Local Nova Scotians were able to bring all but twenty-seven people aboard to safety and then, it is reported, returned to the wreck to plunder its cargo.  (By John Osborne) 
Source Citation: 
The American Almanac and Repository of Useful Knowledge (Boston: Crosby, Nichols, Lee and Company, 1861), 405.

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