Off the Oregon coast, a loaded passenger ship sinks in a massive storm with heavy loss of life

In the costliest maritime disaster seen yet on the Pacific Coast, the steamer Brother Jonathan, heading from San Francisco, California to Portland, Oregon, struck a rock near Crescent City and sank in a massive storm.  Only one boat got away in the heavy seas and of the 185 passengers and a sizeable crew, only ninteen people survived, eleven men, five women, and three children survived. Several important personages bound for Oregon and up to $2,000,000 in gold went down with the ship.  (By John Osborne) 
Source Citation
William B. Seacrest, California Disasters, 1812-1899: Firsthand Accounts of Fires, Shipwrecks ... (Sanger, CA: Quill Driver Books, 2006), 110-113. 
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Exact
Type
Crime/Disasters
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