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.
“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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