Memphis & Cincinnati
The Clifton was a side-wheel wood hull packet built in Cincinnati, Oh., in 1864. She measured 182 x 36 x 6. Capt George D. Hoople and others built her, and she was entered in Memphis & Cincinnati Packet Co., Capt. Frank Stein. Came in collision with the Rose HiteHite being badly damaged and Tarascon towed her to Louisville. Burst starboard steam line a few miles below Henderson, Ky., May 2, 1868, tearing up the cabin floor. No serious injuries. She burned at Cincinnati on May 12, 1869, and the flames spread to consume many other steamboats. Gunpowder in the magazine exploded.
All information obtained from Captain Fred Way's Packet Directory 1848-1983. Copyright 1983 by the Sons and Daughters of Pioneer Rivermen. All Rights Reserved.
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