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Steamboat explodes on the Delaware River in Pennsylvania and ten die

Steamboat "Alfred Thomas" explodes at Easton in Pennsylvania, March 6, 1860, zoomable image
03/06/1860
The Alfred Thomas, a steamship newly built in Easton, Pennsylvania to run on the Delaware River between Belvidere and Port Jarvis.  The riverboat was having one of its maiden runs and nearing the Easton Bridge around noon when the boiler exploded and reduced the vessel instantly to a floating wreck. The bridge was crowded with spectators who watched as ten people aboard were killed and fourteen others seriously hurt. (By John Osborne)
Source Citation: 
"Frightful Steamboat Casualty," New York Times, March 6, 1860, p. 4.

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