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In the third river disaster in a week, the Mississippi steamboat "W.R. Carter" explodes and scores die

Explosion of the "Isaac Newton," Hudson River, New York, December 5, 1863, British artist's impression
02/02/1866
The third disaster in six days on American waterways shocked the nation when the steamboat W.R. Carter exploded in the early hours of the morning around thirty-five miles above Vicksburg on the Mississippi River. Carrying a full cargo and 200 passengers, the vessel was completely destroyed by fire and a reported 125 people lost their lives. This brought the total killed on U.S. rivers in a week to at least 365. (By John Osborne)
Source Citation: 
"The Mississippi Disaster," New York TImes, March 6, 1866.
William C. Cochran, "Perils of River Navigation," Proceedings of the Mississippi Valley Historical Association; Volume X Part II, for the Year 1919-1920; 1921; p. 326.

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