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The steamboat Sea Wing capsized in a storm on Lake Pepin on July 13, 1890, killing 98 people.

Remembering the Sea Wing

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Lurid headlines in Twin Cities newspapers announced the tragedy on Lake Pepin that claimed 98 lives, including dozens of women and children from Red Wing and nearby communities.

But for local residents, the Sea Wing disaster that occurred 124 years ago was a cause for mourning and anguish. On one awful day, 44 funerals were held in Red Wing alone.

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