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Fact #45316

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During a successful UK tour, most of the members of the Southern Syncopated Orchestra, a jazz ensemble from the USA, are sailing on the SS Rowan from Glasgow, Scotland, to Derry, Ireland. Eight members of the band are killed when the ship is struck by two others in a collision. One of the survivors is the young virtuoso saxophone and clarinet player Sidney Bechet from New Orleans.