Sat, Jul 08|
Horton Point Lighthouse Nautical Museum
Lighthouse Lecture Series: The Sinking of the Steamboat Lexington
Lecture by historian, author and retired Newsday reporter Bill Bleyer on "The Sinking of the Steamboat Lexington on Long Island Sound: Long Island's Worst Maritime Disaster"
Time & Location
Jul 08, 2:00 PM – 3:00 PM
Horton Point Lighthouse Nautical Museum , 3575 Lighthouse Rd, Southold, NY 11971, USA
About the event
Author Bill Bleyer presents the harrowing story of a ship's journey from glory to tragedy.
Originally commissioned by Cornelius Vanderbilt as he built his maritime empire in New York, the Steamboat Lexington eventually became the most prestigious steamship on the heavily trafficked Long Island Sound.
But in 1840 a fire broke out on the ship, igniting poorly placed bales of cotton which destroyed the ship in minutes. Emergency rafts sank and rescue boats were unable to reach the ship in time. Only four among the over one hundred and forty on board survived by clinging to bales of cotton. The incident would be the worst maritime disaster in Long Island history. Rain date 2pm, July 9.