Steamer burns on the Ohio River and five lives are lost
In the evening, the paddle steamer Silver Star traveling on the Ohio River from Evansville, Indiana to Paducah, Kentucky, caught fire near the Curlew Coal Mines in Union County, Kentucky. The fire spread quickly and the vessel burned out completely. Five lives were lost. (By John Osborne)
"Burning of the Steamer Silver Star," New Orleans (LA) Commercial Bulletin, May 16, 1860, p. 1.