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  1. SS Mackinac 'picnic ship' disaster

    On Aug 18, 1925 the aging boilers of the Newport, RI Steamer Mackinac burst killing 55 (article we found puts figure at an initial 35) and inuring 35 with severe burns. Ship was carrying 677 excursionist. Quick action by sailors of the nearby Naval Training Station kept the casualty figures as low a
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