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Off the Oregon coast, a loaded passenger ship sinks in a massive storm with heavy loss of life

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07/30/1865
In the costliest maritime disaster seen yet on the Pacific Coast, the steamer Brother Jonathan, heading from San Francisco, California to Portland, Oregon, struck a rock near Crescent City and sank in a massive storm.  Only one boat got away in the heavy seas and of the 185 passengers and a sizeable crew, only ninteen people survived, eleven men, five women, and three children survived. Several important personages bound for Oregon and up to $2,000,000 in gold went down with the ship.  (By John Osborne) 
Source Citation: 
William B. Seacrest, California Disasters, 1812-1899: Firsthand Accounts of Fires, Shipwrecks ... (Sanger, CA: Quill Driver Books, 2006), 110-113. 

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