Wreck of the Riverboat Scioto

Wreck of the Riverboat Scioto

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Description (Brief)
Cabinet card print of a photograph of a damaged riverboat in dry dock. The photograph shows the ship's bow and front of the two-story cabin, with a gaping hole of broken and missing boards on the port side. A single bearded man is standing on deck. The word Scioto has been written on the side edge of the gunwale during the process of printing the photograph. Maker's mark stamped on back of mount reads "Brown's 1222 Market Street / Wheeling, W. Va.". The Scioto collided with the John Lomas on the Ohio River near East Liverpool, Ohio on July 4, 1888 while filled with hundreds of holiday excursionists. The ship sank and fifty-seven people died in what was called the worst tragedy to ever occur on the upper Ohio. Later, the Scioto was raised and repaired and continued in service under the name Regular until 1885 when she was scrapped.
Currently not on view
Object Name
cabinet print, photograph
date made
ca. 1888
Associated Date
July 4, 1888
place made
United States: West Virginia, Wheeling
Associated Place
United States: Ohio, East Liverpool
Physical Description
paper (overall material)
overall: 4 1/4 in x 6 1/2 in; 10.795 cm x 16.51 cm
ID Number
nonaccession number
catalog number
River scenes & river life
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Data Source
National Museum of American History
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