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On October 9, 1837, the Home sank after it sustained damage and was then caught in the hurricane called Racer’s Storm. The incident occurred on the boat’s third journey from New York City to Charleston. There were an estimated ninety passengers and…

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Shipwreck stories were a popular literary genre. This magazine article told the story of eight survivors of an "Asiatick ship" that wrecked near Sable Island, off the coast of Nova Scotia, in 1761. Other survivors died or left the island on rafts. A…

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In October 1836, less than one year after it was built, the Royal Tar exploded and burned after being caught in a gale on its voyage between Eastport, New Brunswick, and Portland, Maine. Aboard the ship was a menagerie known as Burgess and Dexter's…

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This lithograph portrays the wreck of the Mexico, in which 115 people died off the coast of Long Island in January 1837. There were only eight survivors. The Mexico had left Liverpool in October and was within sight of the shore when it succumded to…

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A Token for Marinerswas a popular anthology of shipwreck stories that went through six editions (under different titles) in London and Boston between 1674 and 1708. Its author was James Janeway, a nonconformist London clergyman. Janeway presented his…

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John Wilkinson, an English physician, obtained a patent for the first modern life jacket, made of cork, in 1765. He believed that the English, being such “a commercial and naval people,” should seek to prevent “those very frequent disasters” at sea…

Boston WNL 1737 shipwreck.pdf
The Catherine left Northern Ireland for Boston in early June and wrecked near Sable Island, off the coast of Nova Scotia, on 17 July. Most of its 202 passengers were Ulster Scots who were emigrating America. More than half--men, women, and…

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Personal floatation device invented by the seventeenth-century German polymath Johann Christoph Wagenseil. Equipped with hinges—so that the user could insert himself into the circle and then securely reclose it—Wagenseil’s invention was to be used…

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On his own and later in partnership with James Merritt Ives, Nathaniel Currier published at least 200 lithographs of steamboats, more than one-fourth of which portrayed explosions or collisions, the earliest of which was this print of the Lexington,…
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