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Australian ship sinks in a storm in the Pacific, survivors reached land three weeks later barely alive

Shipwreck and Disaster at Sea, iconic image
An Australian merchant ship with the ironic name All Serene was bound for Sydney from Hawaii when it ran into one of the many gales sweeping the Pacific during the month.  Shifting cargo caused the 1000 ton vessel to founder and survivors took to a boat.  After weeks at sea, those still alive reached one of the Fijian Islands on March 17, 1864, where they were rescued by natives and Methodist missionaries.  (By John Osborne)
Source Citation: 
Chronicle, The Annual Register or a View of the History and Politics of the Year 1864 (London: F. & J. Rivington, 1865), 126-127.