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Old 06-27-2010, 05:55 PM
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Default Str Washington Info

Mr B

In "Life on the River" by Norbury L Wayman, there is no image of the str Washington. There is considerable written description of the steamer compared to Fulton' str New Orleans. It compares the design of the two early steamers; its shallow hull; boilers on the main deck; multi decked, etc. The info is on pages 35, 63, 144, 147, 158, 252.

The description concludes with the first steamboat disaster. The str Washington on its maiden voyage in 1816 while moored at Marietta, OH with steam up, exploded with a terrific blast. According to the account in this book some of the victims were skinned alive by scalding.

If your interested in copies of these pages, let me know.
Fran Nash
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