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STEAMSHIP DISASTERS


The Steamboat Disaster
New York, April 25. - Although without names or further particulars respecting the explosion of the Chief Justice Marshall, yet there has been a destruction of life more extensive and melancholy than was anticipated yesterday.  We learn this morning, that the sufferings of SEVEN of the victims were terminated by death yesterday and it was believed that four others would certainly die and probably five.  But one of the passengers is believes to have died.  He was a workman at the Mattewan Factory and had just come on board. The Engineer of the boat is among the dead, and his body was brought to this city this morning , by his brother.  This accident has inspired the public with very general alarm.  Last night when the boat came along from Albany, only 12 or 13 passengers came off from Newburg, instead of from 30 to 60 as usual. [Republican Compiler, Gettysburg, PA, May 4, 1830]

Steamboat Accident
We understand from a gentleman from Lake Erie, that the steamboats Pioneer and Wm. Penn came in contact early on Sunday morning, the 22d, off Dinkirk.  The Pioneer struck the Penn aft of the wheel, carried away the house, pilot's room, &c. Two waiters, who were asleep in one of the pilot's rooms, were carried over board and drowned. – N.Y. Daily adv. [Republican Compiler, Gettysburg, PA, June 29, 1830]


Steamboat Swallow Explosion
Dreadful Steamboat Disaster on the Hudson River.
Wreck of the Steamboat Swallow
From the Albany Journal, April 8:  The steamboat Swallow, Capt. Squi res, which plies between Troy and New York, on her way down the river last night, met with an accident of the most serious nature.  She left here at 6 o’clock with a considerable load of passengers and when opposite At hens, 30 miles below this city, ran upon a small island while going at full speed.  The violence of the collision was so great that the bow of the Swa llow was bent nearly at right angle with the hull and almost immediately after she struck, the water came pouring in through the opening in the bottom planks.  It w as nearly nine o’clock when the accident occurred and the pass engers had all taken tea and were mostly on the main and upper decks.  A few, however, remained in the after cabin below deck.  The waiters and hands were taking supper in the forward cabin.  Alarme d by the shock, they rushed aft, the chambermaid passing through the entire length of the two cabins and ascending by the after stairs to the Ladies’ Cabin, on the main deck. The water followed with great rapidity, and within three or four minutes after the accident, the lower cabin was filled with water.  The greatest alarm now prevailed and everybody hurried to the state-room deck.  An opening was cut through the roofing of the state-rooms, and many clambered up on that, as the boat continues to fill and settle rapidly.  At this moment, Capt. Squires heard some calls for help below and descending to the main deck, then under wa ter, rescued Mrs. And Miss Starbuck of Troy from imminent danger.  Mrs. Starbuck an aged lady, was immedia tely carried to the shore in a small boat and every attention paid to her, but the exposure and alarm proved too much for her enfeebled frame and she died shortly after reaching the shore.  This is the only life yet known to have been lost, though great fears are entertained that several persons may have been drowned in the main cabin. The chambermaid, however, who ran through this cabin, about the boat struck, thinks that everyone had left; and such we hope will prove to be the fact.  The rock or island on which the Swallow struck is on the west side of the channel, and within a stone’s throw of the Athens’ shore.  Th e night was dark and tempestuous.  Within a very few moments after the accident the Express first and then the Rochester came along-side the wreck and took off the passengers and luggage. There w ere several sloops and small boats engaged in the same way.

LATER
The Argus of April 10, says: "As yet only the upper state rooms of the wreck have been reached, and in these had been found yesterday thirteen bodies.  We fear that half the sad catastrophe is not yet told.

A letter from one of the passengers on the Swallow to the Albany Journal says: "Through the ever-watchful car of Almighty God, I was enabled to rescue my beloved wife from the threatened and awful death by fire or water, or both. After being in the ice-like water up to our necks for about half an hour, we reached the hurricane deck – and eventually another boat.  What has been the fate of our only son, we know not.  Just at t he moment the boat parted and went down, I snatched him from his berth in our stateroom and committed him to our friend Wyckoff, at his (W’s) requ est , having myself to look for the safety of my wife.  From that momen t to this, I have been able to learn nothing of either of them. I could give you no adequate idea of the scene, if I should attempt, and will therefore not attempt it."
The Journal says: “We learn that the hull broke in two almost immedi ately after the boat struck, and the water rushed into the cabins like a torrent.  Many sprang overboard when the fire broke out, thinking that the only chance of escape left.  It is impossible yet to guess at the numbe r of victims of this appalling catastrophe. [The Ottawa Free Trader, Ottawa, Illinois, April 18, 1845]


Wm. Peacock Explosion
Steam Boat Accident

New York, Sept. 21 - The steam boat Wm. Peacock, on her passage from Buffalo for Detroit, last Thursday morning, burst her steam pipe when about two miles from the former place. We learn that fifteen persons were so badly scalded, that it was feared not more than two or three could recover.  Four men were killed instantly and two more died in the course of two or three hours after the accident.  One woman jumped overboard and was drowned.  Our informant states, that the persons injured were all steerage passeng ers, most of them emigrants from the Eastern states. – Mer. Adv.

Further particulars of the Steam Boat accident on Lake Erie.  Mrs. Curi veau is the woman who jumped overboard and was drowned; she was shockingly burnt; the body has not yet been found.  Her two children were killed.  Her husband was on the upper deck.  They were from Quebec, going to Detroit.

The wife and children of William Johnson, of Dover, Vermont are dead.   The wife sacrificed herself in attempting to rescue her children.  They were going to Ohio.

The three children of Isaac Palmer, also of Dover, were scalded to death.  The calamity has made the mother insane.  Mr. Palmer is a brother- in-law of Mr. Johnson.

The three children of John Parker, of Livingston Co. are dead.

Mr. Dairtz or Davis, a Swiss emigrant, with his wife and daughter are all scalded; the two last dangerously.

An old Lady, Mrs. Hopkinson, of Ohio, is also injured, but not dangerously. – Alb. Adv. [Republican Compiler, Gettysburg, PA, October 5, 1830]



 



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