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Near New York, the steamer "Isaac Newton" explodes and burns in the Hudson River, killing twelve

Explosion of the "Isaac Newton," Hudson River, New York, December 5, 1863, British artist's impression
12/05/1863
The steamboat Isaac Newton left the Cortlandt Street dock in New York City at six p.m., bound for Albany with around a hundred passengers aboard.  Soon after, she exploded a boiler and the entire vessel took fire.  Passing vessels took off most of the passengers but half a dozen crewmen were killed outright and around fifteen other passengers and crew badly scalded or burned. A total of twelve people eventually died.   (By John Osborne) 
Source Citation: 
"The Burning of the Isaac Newton, " New York Times, December 7, 1863, p.1. 

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