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Forty passengers and crew drown when a steamer wrecks off the coast of North Carolina

Shipwreck and Disaster at Sea, iconic image
12/26/1865
The two-years-old 1000 ton steamship Constitution left Savannah, Georgia bound for New York with twenty-four passengers and a cargo of cotton bales.  She hit rocks off of Cape Lookout, North Carolina and was held fast as waves broke her up over the next two days.  The captain, twelve crewmen, and one passenger floated ashore using cotton bales but forty passengers and crew were reported as drowned.  (By John Osborne) 
Source Citation: 
"Sad Disaster at Sea,"  New York Times, December 31, 1865, p. 5.
"Wreck of the Constitution," New York Times, January 3, 1866, p. 5.

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