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In Texas, a coastal steamboat bursts its boilers with heavy loss of life

Steamboat explodes, March 6, 1860, detail
09/28/1860
In the early hours of the morning the steamboat Bayou City, bound from Galveston to Houston, along the Texas coast, suffered a massive explosion of its boilers.  Early reports indicated that at least eight people were killed, including the steward, a clerk, and five slaves who were working as crewmen or sleeping on the deck.  Another dozen people were injured.  (By John Osborne) 
Source Citation: 
"The explosion of the steamer Bayou City," New York Times, October 10, 1860 

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