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Powerful British warship wrecked on a reef in the Bahamas

Shipwreck and Disaster at Sea, iconic image
H.M.S. Conqueror, a six year-old, 3,265 ton, 100-gun steam warship, had been ordered to Bermuda during the Trent Affair.  At dawn, she hit a reef at Rum Cay in the Bahamas and despite all efforts to refloat her, heavy weather destroyed the ship.  None of of her 1400 man crew were injured.  The Bahamas Government maintains the wreck, in thirty feet of water, as an underwater maritime museum.  (By John Osborne)  
Source Citation: 
Chronicle, The Annual Register or a View of the History and Politics of the Year 1862 (London: F. & J. Rivington, 1863), 17-18. 


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