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published by Warren Lazell. Dorr, Howland & Company, Worcester, MA, 1846.

An absorbing collection of American Travel & Trasnportation Ddisasters are described and illustrated on Archival CD ROM. All pages of the original 408-page volume are exactly replicated in color. An American classic with numerous woodcut illustrations.

The Preface states:

"The object of the following pages is not only to preserve an authentic history of the many disasters that have occurred on our waters since the introduction of steam navigation, and, as far as practicable, the principal causes that led to such disasters, but also to perpetuate the memory of those who have been the innocent sufferers thereby, --whose graves are in the trackless deep,--and whose only monuments of recollection are in the feelings and hearts of their bereaved friends and relatives. . . . The work is decidedly American, and comprises authentic accounts of nearly all the various disasters on steamboats and railroads that have occurred, during many years throughout the United States."

This great old book on CD deals with hazards encountered on the cutting edge of Technological Advancement in early 19th century America. It is divided into 3 sections with content as follows :

--AETNA, explosion of, in New York harbor, May 15, 1824, and loss of several lives.
--BEDFORD, steamer, loss of, on the Missouri river, April 27, 1840.
--BELLE, burning of, on the Mississippi river, near Liberty, Illinois, November, 1839.
--BEN SHEROD, destruction of, by fire and-explosion, on the Mississippi river, May 8, 1837, with the loss of nearly two hundred lives.
--BRITANNIA, steam-ship, escape of, from the rocks and breakers off the harbor of Halifax, during a fog, May 19, 1841.
--BUNKER HILL, loss of, on Long Island Sound, November 15, 1841.
--CHARITON, explosion on board of, near St. Louis, July 27, 1837.
--CHARLESTON, steam-packet, thrilling narrative of the escape from being wreaked during the same storm in which the steamer Home was lost.
--COLUMBIA, steamer, wrecked upon Black Ledge, Seal Island, during a fog, July 2, 1843.
--CONSTITUTION, steamer, escape of, in a tremendous gale, on Lake Erie, October, 1837.
--DUBUQUE, explosion on board of, on her passage from St. Louis to Galena, August 15, 1837.
--ERIE, steamer, conflagration of, on Lake Erie, while on her passage from Buffalo to Chicago, August 9, 1841; by which awful calamity nearly two hundred persons perished.
--FLORA, accident on board of, on her passage from Louisville to Wheeling, ,on the Ohio river, November 17, 1836.
--FRANKLIN, steamer, explosion of, at Mobile, March 13, 1836.
--GENERAL JACKSON, loss of, a New York steam ferry boat, August 23, 1836.
--GEORGE COLLIER, explosion on board of, on the Mississippi river, near New Orleans, May 6, 1839; by which twenty-six lives were lost.
--GRAMPUS, explosion of, May 13, 1840.
--GREENFIELD, explosion of, May 18, 1840.
--GREEN RIVER, steamer, loss of, April 22, 1840.
--HELEN M'GREGOR, explosion of, February 24, 1830.
--HOME, steam-packet, wreck of, on her passage from New York to Charleston, October 9, 1837; in which nearly one hundred persons perished.
--JOHN HANCOCK, explosion of, in 1817.
--LEXINGTON, conflagration of, on her passage from New York to Stonington, on the night of January 13, 1840; by which melancholy occurrence nearly one hundred and fifty persons perished.
--MARY EXPRESS, steamer, loss of, April 29, 1840.
--MISSISSIPPI RIVER, disasters on.
--MONMOUTH, steamer, loss of, on the Mississippi river, October 31, 1837; by which melancholy catastrophe three hundred emigrating Indians were drowned.
--MOSELLE, steamer, explosion of, at Cincinnati, April 26, 1838 by which more than two hundred persons lost their lives.
--MOTTO, explosion on board of, August, 1836.
--NEW ENGLAND, explosion of, at Essex, Conn., October 7, 1833, on her passage from New York for Hartford.
--NEW ENGLAND, loss of, on her passage between Boston and Bath, May 31, 1839.
--NORTH CAROLINA, loss of, while on her passage from Wilmington, N. C., to Charleston, S. C., July 25, 1841.
--ODD FELLOW, loss of, a miniature steamer, November 6, 1841.
--ORONOKO, explosion on board of, April 21, 1838.
--PERSIAN, steamer, explosion of, on the Mississippi river, while on her passage from New Orleans to St, Louis, November 7, 1840; by which fatal occurrence upwards of nineteen lives were lost.
--PHOENIX, conflagration of, Sept. 5, 1819.
--PRESIDENT, steam-ship, which was probably lost in the storm of March 12, 1841, between Nantucket Shoals and George's Bank; having on board upwards of one hundred human beings.
--PULASKI, steam-packet, loss of, on her passage from Charleston to Baltimore, June 14, 1838; by which disastrous event nearly one hundred lives were lost.
--ROYAL TAR, conflagration of, on her passage to Portland, October 25, 1836; having on board a menagerie of wild animals.
--SAMSON, steamer, accident on board of, July 4, 1839.
--SAVANNAH, steam-packet, loss of, from a leak, off Cape Hatteras,during a gale, while on her passage from Savannah to New York, November 28, 1841.
--TISKILWA, steamer, loss of, April 18, 1837.
--UNION, explosion on board of, July 12, 1837.
--WASHINGTON, burning of, on Lake Erie, June 16, 1838; with the loss of many passengers.
--WILMINGTON, explosion On board of, November 13, 1839.

RAILROAD ACCIDENTS--(Not many Railroad accidents had occurred in America before 1846)
--On the Boston and Providence railroad, June 29, 1836.
--On the Boston and Worcester railroad, November 30, 1839.
--On the railroad: at Bridgeport, Conn., March 15, 1840.
--On Camden and Amboy railroad., March 2, 1836.
--On Columbia railroad, Ohio, October 2, 1836.
--Explosion On Harlaem railroad, in New York city, July 4, 1839.
--On the Lowell and Nashua railroad, July 5, 1841.
--On New Jersey railroad, August 16, 1837.
--On Portsmouth and Roanoke railroad, August 11, 1837.
--On Philadelphia and Germantown railroad.
--On Philadelphia and Columbia railroad.
--On the Western railroad, January 17, 1840.

--Shipwreck of the BRISTOL, near New York, November 21, 1836; in which upwards, of sixty lives were lost.
--Encounter of the ship BYRON, and narrow escape from an ice berg, August 3, 1836.
--Conflagration of the BURLINGTON, March 17, 1840.
--Burning of the packet-ship BOSTON, May 25, 1830.
--Wreck of the CATHERINE NICHOLS, December 15, 1839.
--Wreck of the DEPOSIT, at Ipswich, December 15, 1839.
--Wreck of the brig ELLSWORTH, February 20, 1837.
--Wreck of the brig ESCAMBIA, March 25, 1840.
--Encounter of the GOV. CARVER, and remarkable escape from an iceberg, May 29, 1818.
--Shipwreck of the GLASGOW, February 15, 1837.
--Conflagration of the HAROLD, October 26, 1839.
--Wreck of the schooner ISABELLA, November 1, 1837.
--Wreck, of the barque LLOYD, December 23, 1839.
--Wreck of the barque MEXICO, January 2, 1837.
--Wreck of the schooner MARY, September 14, 1837.
--Wreck of the schooner PENNSYLVANIA, September 16, 1837.
--Conflagration of the POLAND, May 18, 1840.
--Wreck of the brig POCAHONTAS, December 23, 1839.
--Interesting narrative of the escape of the U. S. ship PEACOCK from shipwreck, September 21, 1835.
--Wreck of the brig REGULATOR, February 5, 1836.
--Preservation of the crew of the SCOTIA, December 5, 1839.
--Wreck of the brig TRIO, February 20, 1837.
--Wreck of the brig TARIFF, March 26, 1840.
--Shipwrecks and other disasters in the vicinity of Boston, and Cape Ann, in the gale of December 15, 1839.
--Disasters in Boston harbor, December 15, 1839.
--Disasters in Gloucester harbor, December 15, 1839.
--Disasters at other places on the shores of New England, in the same gale,--at Newburyport, Marblehead, Cohasset, and Provincetown.
--Another disastrous gale, December 27, 1839,--its effects at Boston, Charlestown, Newburyport, Gloucester, Salem, and Provincetown.
--An aggregate of the loss of life and property on the coast of New England, during a part of the months of December, 1839, and January, 1840.
--A thrilling description of the burning of the light-house on Cape Florida, July 23, 1836.

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