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American sailing ship sinks in North Atlantic and fifty-three passengers and crew drown

Shipwreck and Disaster at Sea, iconic image
03/12/1861
The 2500-ton New York sailing ship Middlesex left Liverpool for her home port on February 18, 1861 with 33 crew and 35 passengers.  In a gale, her cargo shifted and the ship sank.  The captain and fourteen men among the crew and passengers escaped aboard the one surviving boat but the remaining 53 people were drowned.  After days in heavy seas, the survivors reached inhabited islands off south-west Ireland and were rescued.  (By John Osborne) 
Source Citation: 
Chronicle, The Annual Register or a View of the History and Politics of the Year 1861 (London: F. & J. Rivington, 1862), p. 37-38.

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