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Two steamboats collide on the Mississippi River above Memphis, one sinks in minutes

Junction of Ohio and Mississippi Rivers, with view of Mississippi Valley to Memphis, Tennessee.
12/13/1860
At around six o'clock on a misty morning on the Mississippi River forty miles above Memphis, Tennessee, the 275-ton stern-wheel steamboat South Bend heading downriver from Cincinnati and another fully loaded stern wheeler called the Goody Friends voyaging upriver from New Orleans collided.  The South Bend was heavily damaged and sank within minutes in thirty feet of water. (By John Osborne)
Source Citation: 
Lewis Hamilton Bond, United States. District Court (Ohio : Southern District), Reports of cases decided in the Circuit and District courts of the United States within the Southern district of Ohio [1856-1871] Humphrey H. Leavitt, judge, Volumes 1-2 (Cincinnati, OH: R. Clarke & Co., 1872), 461-462. 

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