We've written about the 1845 wreck of the steamboat Swallow before, but for those of you who'd rather watch and listen than read, this video offers a great, minute-by-minute overview of what happened that fateful night.
The catastrophe just south of the Middle Ground Flats between Hudson and Athens, NY led to calls for a lighthouse. In 1873, the Hudson-Athens Lighthouse was finally installed, able to warn mariners away from the flats and prevent future shipwrecks.
HFX Studios (Historical Film Experiences) has produced a number of great videos on a maritime history theme (including some which credit HRMM!), so be sure to check out their YouTube channel.
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