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British gales wreck one hundred and forty-three ships in one day

Shipwreck and Disaster at Sea, iconic image
05/28/1860
During the peak day in a series of heavy gales on the southern and eastern coasts of Great Britain, one hundred and forty-three vessels were wrecked, thirty-six of them completely destroyed, and thirty-four lives were lost. The winds also caused significant damage ashore, as well.  (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), 76.

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