Wreck of the Steamboat Home, Oct. 9, 1837

Title

Wreck of the Steamboat Home, Oct. 9, 1837

Description

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 forty crewmembers on board. Survivors told stories of men and women working to bail out water to no avail. Approximately ninety men, women, and children were lost. It took several days for news of the incident to be reported, but once it did, the story was captured in newspapers, sermons, and books across the United States. This image was one of many depicting steamboat disasters which appeared in a popular mid-nineteenth-century anthology.

Creator

Unknown

Source

S. A. Howland, Steamboat Disasters and Railroad Accidents in the United States (Worchester, Mass: Warren Lazell, 1846).

Date

1846

Contributor

C. E. Sanders

Format

Print

Type

Still Image

Coverage

1800-1899

Files

steamboatdisaste01howl_0008.jpg

Citation

Unknown, “Wreck of the Steamboat Home, Oct. 9, 1837,” Disaster History Archive, accessed October 23, 2019, http://disasterhistoryarchive.cynthiakierner.org/items/show/60.

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