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U.S. Navy monitor besieging Charleston sinks in heavy weather and over thirty crewmen are lost

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12/06/1863
The Passaic-class monitor U.S.S. Weehawken was part of the Federal fleet operating against Charleston, South Carolina. She was moored off Morris Island during heavy weather when she suddenly began taking on water by the bow, foundered, and sank in thirty feet of water.  More than thirty officers and men of the crew of seventy-five caught below had no time to escape and were drowned. (By John Osborne) 
Source Citation: 
"Sinking of the monitor Weehawken," New York Times, December 12, 1863, p. 3. 

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