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Disaster on the Potomac: The Last Run of the Steamboat Wawaset

Alvin F. Oickle

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ISBN 10: 1596298138 / ISBN 13: 9781596298132
Published by The History Press, 2009
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Title: Disaster on the Potomac: The Last Run of the...

Publisher: The History Press

Publication Date: 2009

Binding: Paperback

Book Condition: New

Edition: 1St Edition - may be Reissue.

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For passengers of the steamboat Wawaset, August 8, 1873, began with a pleasant cruise from Washington, D.C., down the Potomac River. As the Wawaset came into sight of a small Virginia landing, fire broke out below decks, and frantic passengers leapt from the flames only to be pulled down by the swift waters. Author Alvin F. Oickle puts a human face to the tragedy as he profiles some of the seventy-five who perished, among them young mother Alethea Gray and six members of the Reed family. With a fast-paced style and firsthand accounts, Oickle masterfully narrates the last run of the Wawaset against the backdrop of a tense post-Civil War society.

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Alvin Oickle is the author of two other recent disaster books"? from The History Press: Disaster in Lawrence: The Fall of the Pemberton Mill and Disaster at Dawn: The Cedar Keys Hurricane of 1896. His other nineteenth-century history books include Jonathan Walker: The Man with the Branded Hand. Al has been an Associated Press feature writer, a daily newspaper editor and a writing instructor at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. His long career in journalism has also extended into broadcasting."

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