The Burning of the Steamer Royal Tar, 1836

Title

The Burning of the Steamer Royal Tar, 1836

Description

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 Zoological Institute, which included an elephant, two camels, and other exotic animals. Thirty-two of the ninety-people abouad the ship died, as did nearly all of the animals.

The story of the Royal Tar was featured in popular books and exhibits, as these two examples show.

Creator

Unknown

Source

Charles Ellms, The Tragedy of the Seas; or, Sorrow on the Ocean, Lake, and River, from Shipwreck, Plague, Fire and Famine (Philadelphia, 1848); New Bedford Mercury, 11 May 1838.

Date

25 October 1836

Contributor

Cynthia A. Kierner

Format

Print

Type

Still image and text.

Coverage

1800-1899

Files

Screenshot-2018-3-20 Wreck_of_the_Royal_Tar jpg (JPEG Image, 4083 × 2238 pixels) - Scaled (31%).jpg
Screenshot-2018-3-20 pl_003202018_1209_02729_371 pdf.png

Citation

Unknown, “The Burning of the Steamer Royal Tar, 1836,” Disaster History Archive, accessed November 20, 2019, http://disasterhistoryarchive.cynthiakierner.org/items/show/51.

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