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Tango0115 Aug 2023 8:42 p.m. PST

"On the morning of December 24, 1853, the steamship San Francisco encountered "the worst hurricane the Atlantic had ever seen" about 200 miles east of Charleston, South Carolina. Around midnight, the air pump's piston rod broke. The engine's malfunction left the San Francisco immobilized and defenseless.

Around 600 officers and soldiers of the 3rd Regiment of U.S. Artillery and their families were onboard. Five future Civil War generals were also on the ship, notably First Lieutenant Charles S. Winder.

The mountainous waves pummeled the ship from every angle. Around 8 a.m., the sea carried away the vessel's main saloon, paddle boxes, masts, and smokestacks. It broke the ship's hurricane deck in half. All eight boats were washed away. Blow after blow reduced the ship to a wreck…"

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