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Burning Ship Run Aground

The Steamboat William Penn,
carrying passengers and precious
cargo, erupts in fire

From the American Railroad Journal, and Advocate of Internal Improvements, reprinted from the National Gazette, March 15, 1834

It apprears, however, that the greatest presence of mind was preserved by the engineers, firemen, and crew generally, one of whom held up a portion of the bulkhead which the fire had forced out, and called to the passengers to go forward, whilst he thus confined the flamees and prevented the passage from being interrupted....

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