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A brand new Hudson River tug explodes its boiler on its first trip upriver, killing seven

Steamboat explodes, March 6, 1860, detail
06/14/1863
The new Hudson River tugboat Greenwood, built recently in Philadelphia, was making its way up the river with a heavy tow for the very first time when its boiler exploded opposite Barrytown, New York.  Seven people were killed, including the captain, Henry Briggs, four of the crew, a black crewman's wife, and a captain in one of the barges being towed.  The new tug was a complete loss.  (By John Osborne)
Source Citation: 
"Terrible Steamboat Explosion," New York Times, June 22, 1863, p. 1. 

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