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CAPITOL CITY

The Capitol City was a side wheel steamer built in 1852. She was 259 feet long had a 33 foot beam and displaced 1,306 tons. On March 31 1886 while sailing in a heavy fog the Capitol City ran aground on Rye Beach. Captain J. Russell was navigating with a compass at the time and thought they were two miles clear from shore. No one dreamed of Passengers Rock until the steamboat was on it. According to the New York Times "The steamboat filled with water so rapidly that it seemed as though half the 4 inch planks on the flat bottom had been torn away."
 
 
   

 

 

 

 
 

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