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Captain of the giant steamship Great Eastern drowns in a boating accident

S.S. Great Eastern, 1858
01/21/1860
Captain William Harrison, the nationally popular commander of the famous new iron steamship Great Eastern was drowned in a boating accident when his gig capsized as he was being taken to his vessel from shore at Southampton, England.  This was the latest misfortune to strike the massive ship; its designer died soon after its launch, and she suffered a fatal explosion on board during trials in the English Channel the summer before.  (By John Osborne)
Source Citation: 
Chronicle, The Annual Register or a View of the History and Politics of the Year 1860 (London: F. & J. Rivington, 1861), 10-12.

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