DescriptionOn 13 June 1858, the steamboat was on the Mississippi River near Ship Island, below Memphis, Tennessee when her boiler exploded. Her passenger manifest was estimated at 450 and the initial loss of life at 250. The first vessel on site was Imperial, which picked up several passengers and took them to New Orleans. Diana took many others to Memphis. Several were seriously injured and the death toll increased. They included Mark Twain's younger brother Henry Clemens, whose skin and lungs were so badly scalded that he died of his wounds on 21 June. Eyewitnesses testified that the engineer was not at his post in the engine room just prior to the explosion, instead being in the company of some women.
Nationaliy of ShipUnited States
Lives Lost250
Peacetime or WartimePeacetime
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