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In Liverpool harbor, a British vessel carrying eleven tons of gunpowder explodes after catching fire

Explosion of the British merchant ship "Lottie Sleigh" in Liverpool Harbor, January 9, 1864, British artist's impression
01/09/1864
The Lottie Sleigh was preparing to sail for Africa with a cargo that included 940 quarter-kegs of gunpowder when fire broke out in the captain's quarters in the late afternoon.  With the blaze out of control, the Wasp, a passing ferry, took off the crew. At 7:20 p.m., the deserted ship blew up in a massive explosion that rocked much of Merseyside and caused heavy damage along the docks.  No injuries were reported, however.  (By John Osborne) 
Source Citation: 
Chronicle, The Annual Register or a View of the History and Politics of the Year 1864 (London: F. & J. Rivington, 1865), 3-6.