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La Bourgogne

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La Bourgogne
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 La Bourgogne sinking
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Shipwreck Data

Vessel Name La Bourgogne
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Vessel Type Passenger steamer (ship-rigged)
Owner French Compagnie Generale (French Line)
Length / Beam / Draft (feet) 450' / 48' /
Tonnage 7,400
Hull Construction Iron
Propulsion Steam / Screw
Cargo Passengers and general cargo
Built 1885 at Bourgogne, France
Date of Loss July 4, 1898
Reason for Loss Collision in fog with British cargo ship Cromartyshire. La Bourgogne sank in 40 minutes, the Cromartyshire did not sink.
Fatalities 546 passengers and crew (165 survived)
Last Trip New York to Harve, France
Wreck Location 60 miles south of Sable Island
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