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Cummings, George (1824-1904) and wife, Sprague, Margaret Potter (1828-1897) were two of fifteen survivors of the disaster described as follows: TERRIBLE DISASTER AT SEA: The Golden Light was struck by lightning.

TERRIBLE DISASTER AT SEA.--The ship Shand, Christie, from Calcutta, Dec. 5th, arrived at this port, yesterday. She brought three passengers and a part of the crew of the clipper ship Golden Light, which sailed from this port Feb. 12th, for San Francisco. On the night of the 22d Feb., in lat. 22 23 N., long. 47 49 W., the Golden Light was struck by lightning. All hands were driven to the boats, numbering, passengers and crew, 35 persons. The ship was shortly afterwards enveloped in flames, and burnt to the water.
The boars, five in number, were abundantly supplied with provisions and water. One boat was missing on the morning of the 24th, and another parted company on the 4th night after leaving the ship. After five days experience in the open boats, the remaining three boats were picked up by the ship Shand, as above. The Captain and crew treated the unfortunates in the most hospitable manner.
Fifteen out of the 35, are only known to have been saved. The following is a list of passengers picked up: Mrs. H. E. Ford, Yarmouth, Me.; Mrs. E. S. Merrill, Gardiner, ME--Mr. and Mrs. Cummings, do., Mr. E. P. Dodge, Salem; Mr. Nathan Simonds, Lincoln.
The Golden Light belonged to the Windsor Line, and was owned by James Hutchins, of this city. The value of the ship and her cargo is about $300,000 which is fully insured, and mostly in this city. It was her first trip--having been out twelve days; she registered ... ... 1140 tons. It is supposed that fifteen persons must have perished by the perils of the sea.--[Boston Mail.}

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