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In what remains the deadliest aviation disaster in history, two 747 jumbo jets from Pan Am Airways and KLM Royal Dutch Airways collided on a runway at Los Rodeos Airport in Tenerife on the Canary Islands. The two planes were among several that…

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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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On the night of 2 June 1944, a train carrying bombs to Allied airfields further caught fire at Soham in Cambridgeshire in eastern England. Railway workers at the station quickly decoupled the flaming wagon before it exploded, destroying the station…

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This illustration from Harper’s Weekly Magazine shows the Ashtabula Railroad Bridge Disaster of 29 December 1876. The illustration shows the immediate aftermath of the destruction of Lake Shore and Michigan Southern Railroad train number 5, the…

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Letter dated July 2, 1918 from the USDA Weather Bureau in regards to the Naval investigation surrounding the disappearance of the USS Cyclops. Thinking weather could have played a role in the ship’s mysterious disappearance, the Office of Naval…

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Twenty-four people died and many more were injured in this when four cars derailed near Burlington, N.J. The train was on its way from Philadelphia to New York,which was arguably the most profitable railroad route in the U.S. The Camden and Amboy…

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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