New Galway Line steamship arrives in Boston to complete its maiden Atlantic crossing
Almost a full day late, the R.M.S. Connaught, the brand new sidewheel steamship of the Galway Line arrived in Boston to complete its maiden voyage. The first of four ships built for the company, the 2599 ton Connaught had suffered engine damage soon after sailing from Ireland. On its return leg of only its second voyage, on October 6, 1860, the ill-starred vessel sprung a leak and caught fire 144 miles out of Boston. She sank but all 457 passengers and 124 crew were taken off safely. (By John Osborne)
The American Almanac and Repository of Useful Knowledge for the Year 1861 (Boston:Crosby, Nichols, Lee and Company, 1860), 413.
"Dreadful Accident at Sea," New York Times, October 10, 1860.