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S.S. Atlantic: the White Star Line's first disaster

I've always had a fascination with the ocean steam liners of the late Victorian and Edwardian era. especially, of course, Titanic . And fairly recently, I ordered a book from Titanic Historical Society called S.S. Atlantic: the White Star Line's First Disaster at Sea by Greg Cochkanoff and Bob Chaulk, and just got around to reading it this week. I'm really glad I got it because it's a little-known story of tragedy and heroism, and also because the book is now apparently out of print. It's available on Amazon ... well, kind of -- the prices are  insane.  I'm taking screenshots in case the prices change later: These sellers have the chutzpah to actually charge for shipping on top of their ridiculously over-inflated prices. Shame on them. Anyway... what follows is a very high-level overview of the S.S. Atlantic and what happened to her. I would ordinarily suggest reading this book for more detailed information, but... yeah. The very first steam-