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Steamboat burns on the Mississippi below St. Louis and sixteen people are killed

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04/26/1860
At 10 p.m., the steamboat  A.C. Lacey with a full cargo and seventy-five passengers was cruising on the Mississippi River near Island Sixteen below St. Louis when hay on the deck caught fire.  Within minutes the entire vessel was aflame and passengers and crew were forced to swim for the shore.  Ten passengers and six crewmen died.  Samuel Clemens had served for a time as pilot aboard the A.C. Lacey the previous year.  (By John Osborne)
Source Citation: 
 Francis Vincent, Vincent's Semi-Annual United States Register.... 1st of January and 1st of July, 1860 (Philadelphia: Francis Vincent, 1860), 332.
 

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