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In the English Channel, a British warship and a civilian steamship collide and are both sunk.

Shipwreck and Disaster at Sea, iconic image
07/10/1866

In the English Channel, at around one in the morning, the 1081-ton warship H.M.S. Amazon and the 400-ton passenger and freight steamship Osprey collided violently.  The smaller vessel sank almost immediately with the loss of ten passengers while its nineteen man crew were able to scrmable aboard the warship.  The Amazon foundered more slowly, allowing the two crews and surviving passengers to take to her boats.  The overloaded boats stayed afloat till morning, when fishing boats picked them up and took them into Dartmouth, eighteen miles away.  (By John Osborne) 

Source Citation: 

"Chronicle," The Annual Register: A Review of Public Events at Home and Abroard for the Year 1866 (London: F. & J. Rivington, 1867), 90-93.

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