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Sea Wing Disaster

Title: Description of the Disaster
Type: Document
Date: 1890
Source: Minnesota Historical Society

Description: This description of the disaster was written as part of the memorial service bulletin.
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Description of the Disaster


  1. When the memorial services for the victims of the disaster were held, this pamphlet was produced to honor them. How do you think this account of the disaster is similar or different from the one most people would have read in the newspaper?

  2. What more can you learn about this storm before it arrived on Lake Pepin?

  3. Why do you think that the crew on the boat would want to cut the barge loose, since the barges were often used to help stabilize boats like these?

  4. How did the survivors of this disaster manage to get to safety?