The Buckeye Belle Explosion
Posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member Team RAGAR
N 39° 32.875 W 081° 38.568
17S E 444770 N 4377779
Quick Description: Steam Boat Boiler Explodes and kills 24.
Location: Ohio, United States
Date Posted: 4/22/2008 1:23:01 PM
Waymark Code: WM3MZC
Published By: Groundspeak Regular Member ucdvicky
Views: 41

Long Description:
On November 12, 1852, the riverboat "Buckeye Belle" exploded at this site. Twenty-four people died and a dozen were injured in the worst steamboat disaster on the Muskingum River. An eyewitness described the scene: "The bank of the canal was covered with dead and mutilated bodies and fragments of the boat and cargo." Boiler explosions were a hazard of steamboat travel. The safety record on the Muskingum River was good. There are only two other recorded riverboat explosions on the Muskingum River. The "Newark" blew-up in 1847 at Rokeby, killing four, and the "L.C. McCormick" exploded in 1879 south of Beverly, killing one.
Type of Structure: other

Other: RiverBoat

Fire Date: 11/12/1852

Structure status: Plaque

Cause of Fire:
Boiler Exploded


Documentation of the fire: [Web Link]

Construction Date: Not listed

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