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Survivors from a burned clipper-ship reach Hawaii after forty-three days on the Pacific in an open boat.

Burning of the clipper ship "Hornet" on the Pacific, May 3, 1866, artist's impression, detail.

The well-know American clipper Hornet had burned in the Pacific on May 3, 1866 leaving the 31 of her passengers and crew in three open boats thousands of miles from land.  Two boats were seperated and never heard from again but Captain Josiah Mitchell's boat with fourteen men aboard embarked on an epic 4000 miles voyage and made landfall in Hawaii after forty-three days at sea, without the loss of a single man.  (By John Osborne)

Source Citation: 

"Forty-three Days in an Open Boat," Harper's New Monthly Magazine, Volume XXXIV, December,1866 to May, 1867 (New York: Harper and Brothers, 1867), 104-113.