MITTIE STEPHENS ON A PLEASURE CRUISE TO HELL

The Mittie Stephens steamed out of New Orleans on Feb. 2, 1869 on a pleasure cruise through the inland waterways of Texas that ended in fiery tragedy on Caddo Lake. The 312-ton side-wheel steamboat was built six years earlier in Indiana. Used by the Union for a year as a transport and packet (a ship that carried mail, passengers and goods on an established route), the Mittie Stephens later saw less hazardous duty as a private passenger craft on the navigable rivers of Louisiana.

 

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