TIL of the 1844 Peacemaker accident, a demonstration cruise on the Potomac where a large cannon exploded. It killed seven people including the Secretary of State, Secretary of the Navy, a senior navy officer, 2 other politicians, and Armistead, the President’s slave. President Tyler was uninjured.

Read more: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/USS_Princeton_(1843)#1844_Peacemaker_accident

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