New Albany, IN Steamboat LUCY WALKER Explodes, Oct 1844

Explosion of the Lucy Walker, Oct 1844

The boilers of the steamboat Lucy Walker exploded while the steamboat was near Albany, Indiana, on the Ohio River on the afternoon of Wednesday, October 23, 1844. The vessel caught fire and sank in the Ohio River. The demise of the Lucy Walker was not the worst steamboat disaster in American history (see the Sultana), but it was among the most deadly. It is possible than more than 100 persons perished on that tragic day.


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