Cincinnati: Published by Alexander Flash. Looker & Ramsay, Printers, 1838. , 76 pp, with frontis illustration of the safety device "Proposed by Dr. Locke", a "New Spring Manometer." Bookplate of Cincinnati native Charles Theodore Greve on blank portion of the title page's verso. Bound in modern paper over boards. Very Good.
"The Moselle was a new boat, plying between Cincinnati and St. Louis. On Wednesday, April 25th, 1838, immediately on leaving Cincinnati, her boilers, four in number, exploded, killing one hundred and fifty persons" [Thomson]. Built in Cincinnati, the 'Moselle' completed construction at the end of March 1838. Its first trip, Cincinnati to St. Louis, occurred on April 1. Its schedule rendered it one of the fastest steamers in use.
A Cincinnati Committee appointed Dr. John Locke to figure out how things had gone wrong. This document prints "a vivid eyewitness account" [Eberstadt] and Locke's Report-- with text illustrations and much scientific discussion-- on the causes, including faulty construction.
Thomson [Ohio] 291. 168 Eberstadt 516. Morgan 3388. Item #33199