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May 15, 2013

NEW ALBANY BICENTENNIAL: Lucy Walker steamboat disaster



In all, historians have estimated that around 56 people died in the blast, most of which were men. Fourteen of the bodies were buried at Fairview Cemetery. Another approximately 55 passengers survived.  

“Capt. Dunham left the wounded at New Albany, all of whom were kindly and well cared for by the hospitable and humane citizens of that town,” The Courier said. “Capt. Dunham deserved the thanks of the community for his humane and vigorous exertions to save the lives of, and his kindness and attention to the sufferers.”


Editor’s note: This is part of an ongoing series about the people and events that have shaped the 200-year history of New Albany. Read all installments by clicking on the bicentennial link under the “seasonal content” header at

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