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Steamship packed with food bound for the northern English port of Liverpool sinks in a storm in mid-Atlantic

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The 2200 ton steamship Ocean Monarch had sailed from New York for Liverpool loaded with meat and grain on March 3, 1862.  She encountered very heavy gales and began to founder.  Most of the crew took to the boats while the captain and others remained aboard till they were rescued by a passing vessel.  The men in the boats were also picked up alive after two days adrift.  The total value of the loss was £100,000.  (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), 61.