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This photo documents the devastating tornado that touched down in the independent city of Petersburg, Virginia, on 6 August 1993 at approximately 1:30 p.m.. This tornado rapidly grew in size and strength as it moved two miles northeast into the…

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Shipwreck stories were a popular literary genre. This magazine article told the story of eight survivors of an "Asiatick ship" that wrecked near Sable Island, off the coast of Nova Scotia, in 1761. Other survivors died or left the island on rafts. A…

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In September 1629, a horrific flood completely destroyed Mexico City, leaving virtually nothing intact in this important Spanish colonial capital. This illustration, which accompanied a news article from 2018, shows a seemingly unique exception:…

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In May 1984, a fire in the Haunted Castle took the lives of eight people at the Six Flags amusement park in Jackson, New Jersey. The story appeared on the front page of the New York Times, which detailed the incident, rescue efforts, and the…

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This newspaper article, published on June 9, 1889 just a week after the disastrous flood devastated Johnstown, Pennsylvania, and the surrounding areas, discusses how the South Fork Dam collapsed and led the destructive volume of water down into the…

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Beginning in the 1890s, the advent of increasingly sensational disaster-themed entertainments, first in amusement parks and then on film, attested to the enduring appeal of depictions of real-life calamities. This postcard from Atlantic City, N.J.,…

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This article from the Richmond Enquirer describes the March 1863 explosion at the Confederate States Laboratory, an ordinance factory, on Brown's Island in Richmond, Virginia. Published three days after the accident, this article describes the…

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The newspaper article details some of the immediate relief efforts taken after the February 1852 Holmfirth flood in Yorkshire, which occurred when the embankment of the Bilberry reservoir collapsed, releasing 86 million gallons of water. Eighty-one…

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The “before” picture shows the R.B. Grover & Co. shoe factory as it was before the March 20, 1905 steam boiler explosion which leveled the building, killing over 50 of the 400 employees and injured another 150, while the “after” picture shows the…

Janeway Tken for Mariners.pdf
A Token for Marinerswas a popular anthology of shipwreck stories that went through six editions (under different titles) in London and Boston between 1674 and 1708. Its author was James Janeway, a nonconformist London clergyman. Janeway presented his…
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