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In Louisiana, a Mississippi steamboat's boiler ruptures and scalds forty-five people aboard to death

Steamboat explodes, March 6, 1860, detail
10/31/1860
Late in the night on the Mississippi near Baton Rouge, Louisiana, the steamboat H.W.R. Hill, bound from Memphis to New Orleans suffered a massive rupture of its boiler head.  This sprayed massive amounts of steam onto the deck where passengers and crew were sleeping. In all, forty-five people were reported killed with a dozen others scalded seriously.  The H.W.R. Hill later served in the Confederate river fleet.   (By John Osborne)   
Source Citation: 
"Loss of Life in Steamboats in 1860," Scientific American, December 8, 1860, p. 371. 

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