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Rock Island, IL Steamer JENNIE GILCHRIST Accident, Oct 1881
Posted August 3rd, 2008 by Stu Beitler
DRIFTING TO THEIR DEATH.
A DISASTER CAUSED BY CARELESSNESS AND LIQUOR.
A MISSISSIPPI BOAT UNMANAGEABLE IN THE SWOLLEN CURRENT -- MOST OF THE CREW DRUNK -- COLLISION WITH A BRIDGE -- SIXTEEN PERSONS LOST.
"The crew, with the exception of Pilot DERRAND, the clerk, engineers,
and firemen are reported to have been drunk and as terror-stricken as the others. "
> Not much regulation in those days...not much Coast Guard service either.