Steamboat Accidents

Time Frame: Early to Late 1800's

Steamboat travel in the 1800s could be very dangerous. Trees just under the river's surface, exploding boilers, and unpredictable rivers caused problems and even deaths.
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“From Here to There,” The Iowa Heritage: Program # 6, Iowa Public Television, 1978.

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They still talk about the explosion of The Dubuque in 1837. Sprayed scalding water all over the deck passengers: a lot of people hurt, 20 some killed.


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