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The Loss of the Lexington
A Full And Particular Account Of All The Circumstances Attending To The Loss Of The Steamboat LexingtonLoss of the Lexington

A Full And Particular Account Of All The Circumstances Attending To The Loss Of The Steamboat Lexington….

Includes a Passenger List

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A FULL AND PARTICULAR ACCOUNT OF ALL THE CIRCUMSTANCES ATTENDING TO THE LOSS OF THE STEAMBOAT LEXINGTON, IN LONG ISLAND SOUND, ON THE NIGHT OF JANUARY 13, 1840. Providence: H. H. Brown & A. H. Stillwell, 1840.  1st Edition, 32p, frontispiece woodcut of the Lexington in flames.

On January 13, 1840, over 150 people perished on Long Island Sound when the steamboat Lexington caught fire. Only four survived the “Appalling Calamity,” as newspapers across the country described it. The 207-foot-long boat, en route from New York to Stonington, was laden with passengers and freight–including 150 bales of cotton on the upper deck. The fire broke out near the smoke pipe around 7:00 p.m. and, fanned by the strong wind, quickly spread to the cotton. All attempts to extinguish the flames failed.

A detailed account of the tragedy and loss of 140 lives, including a list of the passengers.  Original printed wrappers in uncommonly good condition. Light chipping at extremities; light foxing.