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New York registered ship loaded with cotton burns in Apalachicola Bay, Florida

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05/05/1860
The New York registered vessel Switzerland, under the command of a Captain Trask, caught fire in Apalachicola Bay in Florida and burned to the waterline. Both the ship and its cargo of 2,400 bales of cotton worth $120,000 were completely destroyed.  No casualties were reported, however. (By John Osborne)
Source Citation: 
 Francis Vincent, Vincent's Semi-Annual United States Register.... 1st of January and 1st of July, 1860 (Philadelphia: Francis Vincent, 1860), 375.

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