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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
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.