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A Mississippi steamboat burns to the waterline at its dock in New Orleans, Louisiana

Destruction of the steamboat "Ruth" on the Mississippi, the night of August 3-4, 1863, artist's impression, detail
12/24/1866

The Mississippi steamboat W.S. Osborn was completely destroyed by fire while moored at the dock in New Orleans.  The vessel's cargo had been unloaded the previous day and the empty steamer took fire in mid-afternoon and was burned down to the waterline .  No serious injuries were reported but the estimated financial loss was $75,000. (By John Osborne)

Source Citation: 

House of Representatives, Report of the Secretary of the Treasury on the State of Finances for the Year 1868 (Washington, DC; Government Printing Office, 1868), 322.

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