St. Louis, MO City and 23 Steamboats Burn, May 1849

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LIST OF STEAMBOATS BURNED.
The following is believed to be an accurate list of the Steamboats destroyed in the great conflagration of last night. The confusion and chaos which reign throughout the city, to-day, make it a difficult matter to procure information but the following estimate has been collected with great care from reliable sources, and is believed to be pretty nearly accurate:

TAGLIONA, COLES master, value $20,000, insured at Pittsburgh.
BOREAS NO. 3, BARNARD master, Mo. River, value $13,000, insured $11,500.
ALICE, KENNETT master, Mo. River value, $18,000, insured $12,000.
AM EAGLE, COSSENS master, Upper Mississippi, value $11,000, insured $4,000.
SARAH, YOUNG master, New Orleans, value $30,000, insured $20,000, value of cargo $40,000.
MONTAUK, MOORHOUSE master, Upper Mississippi, value $16,000, value of cargo $20,000.
KIT CARSON, GODDIN master, Mo. River, value $14,000, value of cargo $3,000.
TIMOUR, MILLER master, Mo. River value $23,000, insured $18,000, value of cargo $5,000.
ACADIA, RUSSELL, Illinois river, value $4,000, insured $4,000, value of cargo $6,000.
MAMELUKE, SMITHERS master, New Orleans value $30,000, insured $20,000.
PRAIRIE STATE, BALDWIN master, Ills. River, value $26,000 insured $20,000.
WHITE CLOUD, ADAMS master, New Orleans, value $3,000.
EDWARD BATES, RANDOLPH master, Upper Mississippi, value $20,000, insured $15,000.
EUDORA, EALERS master, New Orleans, value $16,000, insured $10,500.
ST. PETERS, WARD master, Upper Mississippi, value $12,000, insured $9,000.
RED WING, BARGER master, Upper Mississippi, value $6,000, value of cargo $5,000.
A. HAMILTON, HOOPER master, Mo. River, value $15,000, insured $10,000.
MARTHA, FINCH master, Mo. River, value $9,000, insured $9,000, value of cargo $35,000.
ELIZA STEWART, McKEE master, Mo. River value $10,000, insured $10,000.
MANDAN, BEER master, Mo. River, value $12,000, insured $10,000.
BELLE ISLE, SMITH master, New Orleans, value $10,000, insured $8,000.
GEN. BROOK, RINGLING master, tow boat, value $1,500.
FROLIC, RINGLING master, tow boat, value $1,500.

Estimate value of steamboat stock $318,000
Estimate value of steamboat cargoes $150,000
Estimate value of steamboat produce destroyed on landing $50,000
$518,000

The Sarah was insured in Cincinnati for $20,000; the American Eagle for $3,000 in Pittsburgh; the Mameluke $8,000 in Louisville; and the others, we believe, were all insured by officers and agencies in this city.

Liberty Weekly Tribune Missouri 1849-05-25