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Drawing Of The Wreck Of SS Oriental | February 10, 2019

The Steamer Oriental. This image was found at the Peabody Museum in Salem MA, from a painting by Charles Parsons likely done in 1861.
While the town of Oriental celebrates things “Oriental” like dragons & such, sometimes we have to remember where the name actually came from. It was the shipwreck at the Outer Banks of the Steamer Oriental in May 1862. Some reports credit weather, others a bad compass, bad navigation… others a sleeping pilot. No lives were lost. A model of the Steamer Oriental is on display at the history museum.