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  • Tags: 1800-1899

csl-explosion-RichmondEnquirer03.17.1863.pdf
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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On October 9, 1837, the Home sank after it sustained damage and was then caught in the hurricane called Racer’s Storm. The incident occurred on the boat’s third journey from New York City to Charleston. There were an estimated ninety passengers and…

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On 5 September 1887, the Theatre Royal Exeter burned to the ground, costing 186 people their lives. It was opening night of the play Romeny Rye and 800 people were in the audience enjoying the show. Around 10:25 that evening, in the middle of the…

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In October 1836, less than one year after it was built, the Royal Tar exploded and burned after being caught in a gale on its voyage between Eastport, New Brunswick, and Portland, Maine. Aboard the ship was a menagerie known as Burgess and Dexter's…

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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…

NY Herald 12 21 1835.jpg
This image of the fire that destroyed 17 city blocks in Lower Manhattan on 18 December 1835 was the first illustrated news coverage of a disaster to appear in an American newspaper.Disasters were big news and the New York Herald's innovative use of…

Willey avalanche.jpg
On 28 August 1826, the Willey family and their two hired men, left their house (right) to seeks shelter in a structure farther downhill (lower left) from an approaching storm. When the storm arrived, however, it caused "an avalanche or slide from the…

Currier Mexico 1837.jpg
This lithograph portrays the wreck of the Mexico, in which 115 people died off the coast of Long Island in January 1837. There were only eight survivors. The Mexico had left Liverpool in October and was within sight of the shore when it succumded to…

AC postcard scan.pdf
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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