Disaster on Lake Erie: The 1841 Wreck of the Steamship Erie by Alvin F. Oickle

By Alvin F. Oickle

On August nine, 1841, the steamship Erie, some of the most dependent and quickest crusing among Buffalo and Chicago, departed wearing 340 passengers. Many have been Swiss and German immigrants, making plans to begin new lives in America's heartland so much by no means made it. The Erie erupted in flames in the course of the evening, and regardless of the heroic efforts of the workforce of the Dewitt Clinton, 254 lives have been misplaced. As information of this catastrophe unfold, the world over well known artists and writers, together with Charles Dickens, have been encouraged to mirror at the lives misplaced. Historian Alvin F. Oickle's minute-by-minute account weaves jointly the tragic trip of the passengers, the legend that constructed within the aftermath and the fury of a fireplace on an ocean-like lake.

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