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Louisville to New Orleans steamboat burns near Uniontown, Kentucky and eight die

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11/18/1860
The Louisville to New Orleans steamboat Pacific, carrying around 150 passengers and $100,000 worth of cargo downriver, caught fire after dark and burned to the waterline near Uniontown, Kentucky.  Most of the passengers and crew were able to scramble to shore but eight people, including the vessel's captain, William Lamb of Louisville, were killed in the accident.  (By John Osborne)
Source Citation: 
“Burning of the Steamer Pacific,” Washington (DC) Daily National Intelligence, November 24, 1860, p.3.

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