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The Darlington was a steel hulled steamer, built in Newcastle, UK in 1881. She was 285.5 feet long, and had a beam of 36 feet, and displaced nearly two thousand tons. Five years into her life, the Darlington was travelling from New Orleans, USA, to Bremen, Germany, with a crew of 23 and carrying a cargo of 5,152 bales of cotton and 15,000 bushels of grain. Captain Richard Ward apparently made an error in the calculation of the position of the Darlington, and she struck reefs early on the morning of 22 February 1886. An inquiry later found Captain Ward negligent as he had failed to post a lookout while in unfamiliar waters.
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18 August 2006