North Thompson River, BC Steamer QUEEN Explosion, July 1894

FIVE PERSONS MISSING.

EXPLOSION ON A STEAMER IN THE NORTH THOMPSON RIVER.

Kamloops, B. C., July 4. -- Word has just been received of a fatal explosion on the North Thompson River, fifteen miles north of here. The steamer QUEEN left this morning bound for Lewis Creek, with eight persons on board. The explosion occurred when the steamer was near Brickyard. Five persons are missing. J. E. SAUCLER, Engineer MARTIN, and Capt. RITCHIE were saved. The latter was badly injured.
It is reported that there was a quantity of dynamite aboard, intended for use in the silver mines. It is thought by some that the dynamite exploded. Other accounts say that the boiler exploded.

The New York Times New York 1894-07-05