Daily Event for January 24

On Jan. 24, 1781 the HMS Culloden, a 74 gun third rate ship, was engaged in a chase of three French ships off New York. There were about 600 men onboard the Culloden when a storm forced the ship on to a reef. Damaged and taking on water the commander made an attempt to make it to Fort Pond Bay however, the ship went down. All of those onboard survived and the ship was partially salvaged and then set on fire. The remains were still visible up to the 1950's and were rediscovered in the 70's, 150 feet off Culloden Point, Long Island. Culloden
Point was named for this wreck. The wreck is now registered as a National Historic Site.
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