ANOTHER STEAM-BOAT EXPLOSION
(From the New York Journal of May 7)
Typed by : Becky Roberts
Thank You !
We regret to record another of those distressing casualties resulting from the effects of steam. A letter dated Pittsburgh, April 30, says - -"The steam-boat Home has just arrived, and brings the distressing news of the steam-boat Caledonia having burnt a boiler near the mouth of the Ohio, about the 22nd of April on her passage from New Orleans to Louisville. Two of the crew were killed, and 12 of the passengers jumped overboard and were drowned. No further particulars. The boat is heavily insured at Cincinnati." From the Philadelphia Coffee-house books another letter is copied, dated New Madrid, April 30, and addressed to the owners: - "I have the melancholy duty," says the writer, "to let you know, that on the 11th instant the stream boiler of the Caledonia burst, killing and wounding about 15 of the passengers and seven of the crew. Seven or eight more were blown overboard and lost. Some of the wounded will recover, although badly scalded. The boiler burst on the side, while the boat was under way, about two hours after having wooded. The iron must have been defective, as it had been but one year in service. We have a heavy freight, with 400 deck and 60 cabin passengers, which, with the crew, amounted to nearly 500 souls. The hull of the boat is uninjured. We are now in tow of the Paul Jones, and you may expect us at Louisville in a few days." The editor of the Philadelphia Gazette has convened with a gentleman who was on board when the accident occurred. The terror and confusion of the moment, he says, it is impossible to describe. Some were wounded, and others dead. Those that were uninjured were endeavoring to save themselves and their property; and each, in endeavoring to accomplish his object, increased the difficulty and danger of escaping from the boat. A number of trunks were hastily thrown from the boat towards the shore. Some of these fell into the water. Our informant saw one unfortunate passenger, who had jumped overbroad, struck on the head by a trunk, and he thinks others perished in the like manner. Among the passengers who were injured was a gentleman who had been injured by the explosion on board the Hein Maegregor. He had just recovered from his wounds, when he experienced this second disaster on board the Caledonia. The gentleman with whom we have conversed thinks the boiler defective, but is of opinion that the immediate cause of the accident was the boat's being thrown out of trim, by the passengers précising on one side to view the scenery. In this way he thinks the water was thrown on one side of the boiler, and the other side exposed to the direct action of the fire.
(From the 2nd edition of the New York Journal)
THE LATE EXPLOSION -
The Cincinnati Advertiser of April 27 gives the following particulars relative to the explosion on board the steam-boat Caledonia, when about nine miles below New Madrid, on the Mississippi: -Nine were killed, seven badly wounded, and eight slightly, as follows: Killed: - Philip Orms, John Sheridin, Jonas Chamberisia, Deck Passengers: Joseph Russell, engineer; John Greenup Thomas, crew; Adam Taylor, colored fireman, Anthony Hawkins, steward. Badly Scalded - Noel Doaney, Ara Levitt, William Cheeseman, Samuel Murphy, Thomas Peel, James Hamilton, and Frank. Slightly Scalded - J.D. Hughes, Henry Carlisle, Charles Moon, black man; John L. Dickson, Francis Worley, Pelletin Marshall, Manley Vickery, Esq. The explosion took place while the boat was and had been under way for several hours. The damage other than the loss of the boiler, done the boat is but trifling. The undersigned, passengers on board the steam-boat Caledonia, are actuated by a sense of justice in stating, that the distressing accident which has just occurred, can in no way be imputed to negligence, or any lack of care whatever, in the pilot of Captain Russell, whose feeling behavior on the occasion is worthy of their warmest commendation. It is further their belief that the explosion is ascribable to an original but unknown defectiveness in one of the boilers.
Signed in behalf of the passengers.