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A passenger steamship runs aground on a New Jersey beach and seven people are drowned.

Rescuing passengers from steamship "Santiago De Cuba," Absecom, New Jersey, May 21, 1867, artist's impression, detail.
05/21/1867

The North American Steamship Company's Santiago de Cuba ran aground near Absecom Beach on the New Jersey coast during bad weather.  With the possibility of the seas worsening and the ship breaking up, the captain ordered the vessel evacuated to the nearby shore.  The transfer went well until the third boat to attempt a landing capsized and six people, including four women and a child, were drowned.  Another crewmember was later drowned during the rescue.  (By John Osborne)

Source Citation: 

"Loss of the "Santiago de Cuba," Harper's Weekly, June 8, 1867, p. 353.

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