Capsizing of the Hornet

On the night of Saturday, June 2d, 1832, the steamboat Hornet, Captain Sullivan, while ascending the Ohio river on her way to Kanawha, and when about thirty-three miles above Maysville, Kentucky, encountered a sudden and violent gale blowing from the southwest, and immediately capsized. Exclusive of the persons belonging to the boat, there were forty-two people on board, viz : twelve cabin and thirty deck passengers, nearly half of whom were drowned. The Hornet righted soon after the disaster, and was towed to the nearest port, Concord, by the steamboat Guyandotte, Captain Davis Embree.

Of the twenty persons drowned by this accident, all the names which have been preserved are comprised in the following list:
Thomas Duvall, of Muskingum, Ohio ; Messrs. Le Clem and Perot, two French gentlemen of New Orleans ; Mrs. Garrett, of Greenupsburgh, Kentucky ; Mr. Blackstone, of Guyandotte; Wm. H. Colbert, of Kingston ; and two colored women, slaves belonging to passengers.

Of the boats crew, Captain Sullivan, master ; John Johnston, pilot, of Gallipolis ; Edward Jones, a sailor, of Cincinnati ; a chambermaid and a female cook, both colored.


excerpted from Lloyd's Steamboat Disasters