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The Princeton explosion...



Item # 639873

March 9, 1844

NILES' NATIONAL REGISTER, Baltimore, March 9, 1844  The prime content is on the ship Princeton disaster, in which the then world's largest naval gun exploded killing the Secretary of State & Secretary of the Navy among others. President Tyler was on board but escaped injury (see hyperlink). Much coverage of the event, the funeral procession, plus a subhead: "Narrow Escape of President Tyler", plus a separate article on "The Peacemaker", the naval gun which exploded. And the back pg. has a brief item: "President Tyler has presented $200 to the mother of his black servant who was killed at the time of the recent explosion on board the Princeton."
Other articles include: "Chesapeake & Ohio Canal" "Canal Between the Oceans" concerning a plan for one across the Isthmus of Panama; "Canal Across the Isthmus of Suez" "American In Van Dieman's Land" which is now the island of Tasmania.
Sixteen pages, 8 3/4 by 12 inches, good condition.
This newspaper began in 1811 and was a prime source for national political news of the first half of the 19th century. As noted in Wikipedia it: "...(was) one of the most widely-circulated magazines in the United States...Devoted primarily to politics...considered an important source for the history of the period."

Category: Pre-Civil War

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