Hudson River Steamboat Catastrophes: Contests and Collisions

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Beginning in the mid-1800s, steamboats carried people between New York City and the Albany area on the Hudson River. Romantic images lull us into believing it was a quiet means of travel, but a crowded river, faulty equipment and the bravado of the captains resulted in at least one major catastrophe every year. Night boats collided and sank, carelessness caused boiler explosions, races put passengers at risk and fires would quickly swallow the wooden vessels. The grand "Empire of Troy "suffered many collisions. The "Swallow" broke in two on a rock, "Reindeer"'s explosion took forty lives at once and the "Oregon" and "C. Vanderbilt" entered into an epic and dangerous race. Collected from eyewitness accounts, these are some of the most exciting and frightening stories of peril aboard steamboats on the Hudson River.
ISBN: 9781626191471
Format: Paperback
Publisher: The History Press
State: New York
Series: Disaster
Images: 44
Pages: 144
Dimensions: 6 (w) x 9 (h)
J. Thomas Allison organized the Victorian Cultural League in Albany, New York, in 1983 and has just completed two terms as treasurer for the Friends of Schuyler Mansion. Allison is also a member of the Goshen, Connecticut, Poestenkill and Spindle City Historical Societies.
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