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The big Hudson River steamer "St. John" suffers a massive boiler explosion and fifteen people are killed

Explosion on the Hudson River Steamer "St. John," October 29, 1865, artist's impression, detail
10/29/1865
In the morning, the Hudson River steamboat, at 2,645 tons one of the largest in operation, has almost completed her regular journey from Albany when she suffered a boiler explosion.  Steam and scalding water spewed into the passenger areas and killed nine people almost immediately and fatally injured another six. Among the dead were the Captain F.J. Lyon and his wife.  A nearby Hoboken ferry came to assist. (By John Osborne) 
Source Citation: 
United States. Department of the Treasury, Report of the Secretary of the Treasury on the State of the Finances for the Year 1866 (Washington D.C.: Government Printing Office, 1866), 279-280. 
"Explosion on the St. John," Harper's Weekly Magazine, November 18, 1865, p. 728.