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New steamship bound for Canada with British government supplies sinks in a storm in mid-Atlantic

Shipwreck and Disaster at Sea, iconic image
02/16/1862
In mid-Atlantic, the Spartan, a new 1070-ton screw-driven steamer under British government contract to carry stores to Halifax in Canada, met severe weather two weeks into her voyage from Falmouth in England.  Heavy seas crushed some of the cabins, killing the captain and his family, and washed the second in command and two others overboard. Survivors abandoned ship but were later rescued. (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), 62.

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