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A passenger ship is sunk in a hurricane off the Carolina coast with very heavy loss of life.

The Sinking of the S.S. Evening Star off South Carolina, October 3, 1866, artist's impression, detail.
10/03/1866

A late hurricane had caught a number of ships off the coast of South Carolina and the Star Line steamship Evening Star on its regular run from New Orleans to New York City foundered with a heavy loss of the lives of most aboard, which included among them a New Orleans female opera company and a circus troupe. Of the 270 people aboard only twenty-two were reported to have survived, floating on upturned lifeboats in three small groups for days before being rescued or reaching land.  (By John Osborne)

Source Citation: 

"Three Shipwrecks," Harper's Weekly Magazine, October 27, 1866, p. 678.

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