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By Alec Harvey
About 75 years before the Titanic set sail from England for the first time and sank in the North Atlantic Ocean, something eerily similar happened in the Atlantic Ocean much closer to home.
At 11:04 p.m. on the night of June 14, 1838, the steamship Pulaski had an explosion in its boiler room.
It sank 45 minutes later, as passengers, including some of the elite of Charleston and Savannah headed north for the summer, scrambled for safety, hampered by the lack of working lifeboats on the ship. About 200 people were on board, and more than half of them died.
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