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BurdenBuiltShipowner or operator Dimensions
1,875 tons 1851 at New York Inman Line 245ft x 38ft 
 1851 Owned by the New York and San Francisco steamship line, operated by InmanAtlantic Journey ID 3235
 1851 Oct. 27, departed from Philadelphia bound for Liverpool, arrived after 19 daysAtlantic Journey ID 9195
 1851 Nov. 29, departed Liverpool, lost her propeller, arrived at Philadelphia by sail after a voyage of 43 daysAtlantic Journey ID 9196
 1852 Oct. 24: destroyed by fire at Valparisio Bay on her second voyage from Philadelphia to CaliforniaAtlantic Journey ID 3236
The information listed above is not the complete record of the ship. The information was collected from a multitude of sources, and new information will be added as it emerges

According to some sources this ship was not an Inman Line ship, but the Inman's is said to only have acted as her agents in London.

The City of Pittsburg arrived Valparaiso Bay on the night of the 22nd, from Talcahuano, a port in the Bay of Conception, where she had called to fill up with coals. About ten minutes after 3 a.m. on the 24th, flames and dense columns of smoke burst out from the fore-hatchway. From other ships boats were sent, and a Head's portable pump was provided to her assistance, but the ship could not be saved, the fire being occasioned by spontaneous combustion in the coals, of which she had 1240 tons on board. All the crew and passengers were brought out of the ship (several of the latter, women and children) with what little property they could save, by 8.50 a.m. The Captain left her by a rope's-end from the stern, at which time she was in flames fore and aft. The launch was sent at 4 a.m., with a gun to fire at her water line, to hurry the sinking of the unfortunate vessel. The ship had a crew of 108 and 64 passengers, all were saved. The ships continued burning very furiously till 0.30 p.m., when she went down stern foremost, raising her bows so as to show 10 or 12 feet of the keel in 28 fathom water. The vessel and cargo to had been insured for 279,000 dollars; her value being considered at 300,000. She was mastered by Captain Forster

City of Pittsburg, Inman Line
Picture of the burning City of Pittsburg, from the Illustrated London News
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