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  • Steamships float on unsafe hulls

    During the Civil War, steamships and steamboats often exploded and were involved in numerous other accidents, many of which occurred on the Potomac River. On Aug. 13, 1862, 77 soldiers, three soldiers' wives and a 6-year-old boy drowned when the steamship West Point sank after colliding with the George Peabody.

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