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July 16, 2014

This Day in History

On this day in 1850, Newburyport’s Captain Robert Couch aboard the Ship Brutus sailing from Boston towards New Orleans recorded: “[Today] begins with a light air from the NE and fine weather...two ships in sight, outward bound...we have evidently been in a current the last 24 hours, the ship not minding her helm...although we had four knots breeze, at times she scarcely moved and the current rushed against the side of the ship with great force.”

— From the collections of the Historical Society of Old Newbury

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