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A few days after arriving from New York, the transport ship "Aquila" sinks at its wharf in San Francisco

Sinking of the transport ship "Aquila" in San Francisco Harbor, November 24, 1863, artist's impression, detail
11/24/1863
The S.S. Aquila had recently arrived from New York with its main cargo, the prefabricated Jersey City built, Passaic-class monitor U.S.S. Camanche, intact. At her wharf in San Francisco Harbor, heavy weather smashed its hull into the sea bed breaking its seams and she sank.  The warship parts were salvaged, however, and the Camanche was launched the following year, and spent two decades patrolling the California coast.  (By John Osborne) 
Source Citation: 
"The Wreck of the Aquila," Harper's Weekly Magazine, January 16, 1864, p. 37.