American ship sinks in mid-Atlantic and forty-eight are set adrift thousands of miles from land
The 1,700-ton ship David Brown sailed from San Francisco for Liverpool on October 11, 1860 with eighteen passengers, and a cargo of grain. In the Atlantic, after eighty-four days, she foundered and all aboard took to two boats. The British ship Sea Wave found one boat, with twenty of the crew, three days later. The twenty-eight aboard the other, including the captain and all the passengers, were never found. (By John Osborne)
"Loss of the American Ship David Brown," New York Times, February 18, 1861.
Chronicle, The Annual Register or a View of the History and Politics of the Year 1861 (London: F. & J. Rivington, 1862), 32-33.