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USS Oneida Disaster


New York Herald. 11 May 1870. Library of Congress Chronicling America: Historic American Newspapers.

Hundreds of newspaper articles from around the world covered the USS Oneida disaster. Major news was picked up by syndicates which reprinted the items with varying headlines across newspapers big and small. It is important to consider each publication for bias based on location and ownership. Feelings ran strong in support of either the USS Oneida or the P. & O. Steamer Bombay, and their respective crews, depending on the perspective of the newspaper. The selections below represent a range of articles over the years from the 1870s to the 1910s, demonstrating how the event evolved in public consciousness.

You can further explore the topic of the USS Oneida disaster using the following search strategies:

  • Search for the following terms in combination, proximity, or as a phrase: British Mail Steamer Bombay, Captain Arthur Wellesley Eyre, Captain E. P. Williams, Commander E. P. Williams, P. & O. Steamer Bombay, U.S. Corvette Oneida, USS Oneida.
  • To narrow results, limit the search to dates between 1870 and 1930.

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