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Steamboat Disaster

--American Drowned. The steamer Arctic, which left Hull, Eng., on the 2d ult., for Cronstadt, was lost in the North Sea, on the 4th, being taken by a gale, and after drifting helplessly for several hours, went ashore on the North coast of Denmark. Mr. Sheridan Knowles, of Philadelphia, who was among the passengers, was washed off and drowned, in sight of those on board and on shore, while attempting to cling to a bale of cotton. The first officer and a seaman shared the same fate, when the vessel broke in pieces. The captain, with most of the passengers and crew, escaped in small boats; but an English gentleman named Earle, who had distinguished himself in heroic endeavors to save the life of others, was drowned; also three ladies and a child, who were swept off by a heavy sea. Two of the crew were lost by the capsizing of a boat.--Several English and New York papers have fallen into error, confounding the name of Mr. Knowles with that of J. Sheridan Knowles the distinguished writer, who is now alive.

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