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Wednesday, June 10, 2015

The Satacona Grounded at Nantucket This Date 150 Years Ago

From the June 6, 2015, Yesterday's Island, Today's Nantucket "Civil War Shipwreck" by Amy Geness.

This article certainly cost me some interesting time researching the story further.

Today marks the 150th anniversary, June 10, 1865, of the grounding of the SS Satacona in thick fog near the head of Hither Creek, Nantucket Island.  It was carrying returning Union soldiers.

This got me very interested.  I just recently came across the sinking and deaths of nearly 500 aboard the SS General Lyon, also carrying returning Union soldiers.  This was another shipwreck that I had not known.  And, of course, there was also the much better known Sultana Disaster.

Then, the story got better, because it said that for some of these soldiers, this was their second shipwreck in two days.  Their troopship, the Admiral DuPont had collided with the Satacona and sunk off Cape May, New Jersey on June 8th.

The article continued saying that the soldiers marched through town after the grounding and boarded a steamship preparing to go to the mainland.  Citizens scrambled to provide food and clothing to the troops.

This is a Story That Needs Further Research.  --Old B-Runner

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