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Two merchant ships collide off of Fire Island, New York and both founder, drowning seven men.

Collision at Sea, December 1, 1866, artist's impression, detail.
12/01/1866

Off the Long Island coast, near Fire Island, the British steamer Scotland bound for Liverpool ran into the smaller vessel Kate Dyer in an evening collision.  The Kate Dyer sank in fifteen minutes and the Scotland, having saved seven of the sunken ship's twenty-man crew, tried to make it back to New York Harbor but ran aground in a sinking condition off Sandy Hook, New Jersey. (By John Osborne) 

Source Citation: 

"Wreck of the 'Scotland'," Harper's Weekly Magazine, December 29,1866, p. 828.

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