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American ship sinks in mid-Atlantic and forty-eight are set adrift thousands of miles from land

Shipwreck and Disaster at Sea, iconic image
01/05/1861
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)  
Source Citation: 
"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. 

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