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Ship transporting livestock explodes off the eastern coast of England and thirteen men die

Steamboat explodes, March 6, 1860, detail
11/03/1860
In the early afternoon, off the eastern coast of England, the Tonning, a steamship transporting hundreds of cattle and sheep to London suffered a massive explosion in its boiler room.  Much of the ship was instantly wrecked and many of its crew of twenty-eight thrown overboard.  Nearby fishing vessels took off the survivors and the injured.  In all thirteen crewmen died and several others were severely injured. The wreck was salvaged.  (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), 170-171. 

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