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From the 1 June 1833 Edition of the Baton Rouge Gazette

From the New Orleans Courier of May 25,

LOSS OF THE STEAMER LIONESS

The steamer Lioness, Capt. Cockerelle, on her passage from this place to Natchitoches, was entirely destroyed by fire on the 19th instant. Several lives were lost, among those was teh Honorable Josiah S. Johnson, U.S. Senator from this State, Honorable E.D. white, a Representative in Congress was badly wounded. The following is the account of the sad disaster, which was furnished to the editor of the Bulletin, by the Cler, who arrived here this morning in the steamer Huron.

The steamboat Lioness, Wm. L. Cockerelle, master, on her passage from New Orleans to Natchitoches, took fire when about 40 miles above Alexandria on Red River, and was entirely consumed. The lives of 15 or 16 individuals were lost, and as many others were more or less wounded. It occurred about 5 o'clock on the moring of May 19th, when but few had left their berths, which accounts in part for so many deaths.

The names of the unfortunate sufferers are as follows:

Passengers--dead--:Honorable Josiah S. Johnson, of Louisiana; B.Q. Riggs, Esq. of Alexandria; Michael Boyce, Esq, do; Mr. Michael Clifford,New Orleans; Mr. H. Hertz, Texas; Mr. ____Irwin, a deck passenger,

Crew--Dead--John Coley (mate) Louisville; John Clark, (Steward) late from England; Samuel Landis, sailor, Wm. N.S. Cant, do; James Fulsonne, do; one sailor, unknown; Mary Anderson , Chamber maid Alexander ____ (2nd Cook) and a servant unknown, belonging to a passenger.

Wounded--Honorable Edward D. White, of Louisiana (badly); Henry Boyce, Esq. of Alexandria; Mr. Dunbar, do (badly); J.H. Graham, New Orleans; Josiah Johnson, son of the Hon. J..S. Johnson; Michael Colgen, Natchitoches; J.V. Bossier, do; M. Rupete, do.

Crew- Mr. Isaac Wright, pilot, slightly; Mr. John Roberts, Engineer, John Gilmore, sailor; and 2 other sailors and 1 fireman, names not known.

All others on board escaped without injury--much of the baggage and some money belonging to passengers was lost.

How the fire originated, is not known; it is supposed however to have been communicated either by sparks from the furnace being drawn down the hatch, which was open to get out a lot of way fright, or through the hole for the fly wheel of the engine, or else a spark of the candle used by the mate and men in the hold getting up freight which being lodged in a crate of straw or oil, or other material, kindled so rapidly as to defy their exertions to extinguish it, and in attempting which, they lost their lives, not one of them getting out to give the alarm, or afterwards to account for the misfortune.

The boat and cargo went down near the middle of the river, and is entirely lost.

Much credit is due to the inhabitants near the spot, and at Plaisaince for their prompt assistance in saving those who were struggling for life in the current, and for their liberality and friendship to all the strangers thrown destitute amongst them, and to the crew of the lost boat. T.W. TWICHELL, Clerk

New Orleans, on board S.B. Huron, May 24. P.S. The melancholy disaster above occured from gun powder, which blew up the boat from the fire in the hold.