The Great Republic ran aground on Sand Island in the Columbia River on April 19, 1879. 11 crew members drowned. The 378 foot long ship carried 800 passengers on a run from Portland, Oregon, to San Francisco, California. It could make it from Portland to Astoria, Oregon, in 5 hours and 15 minutes.
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[handwritten on front] Great Republic Aground on Sand Island Apr. 19
[handwritten on back] Great Republic. Grounded on Sand Island, Columbia River on April 19, 1879. Capt. Carrol, Pilot Doig. 11 of the crew drowned. This bark rigged, walking beam steam ship made Portland-Astoria run in 5 hrs 15 minutes. 378 ft. long 47 ft beam 30 ft hold, carried over 800 passengers on Portland-San Francisco run.
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April 19, 1879