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New Galway Line steamship sinks on only its second Atlantic crossing

Shipwreck and Disaster at Sea, iconic image
10/07/1860
The R.M.S. Connaught, a new sidewheel steamship of the Galway Line completed its maiden voyage from Ireland to Boston in July.  The first of four ships built for the company, the 2599 ton Connaught, on the return leg of only its second voyage, sprung a leak and caught fire 144 miles out of Boston. The ill-starred liner sank within hours but fortunately all 457 passengers and 124 crew were taken off safely.  (By John Osborne)  
Source Citation: 
"Dreadful Accident at Sea," New York Times, October 10, 1860.
Chronicle, The Annual Register or a View of the History and Politics of the Year 1860 (London: F. & J. Rivington, 1861), 162.

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