Cairo, IL Ferry Boat KATHERINE Capsizes, May 1896

FERRY BOAT CAPSIZES.

ELEVEN LIVES LOST OFF CAIRO, ILL., THIS MORNING.

Cairo, Ill., May 26. -- The ferry boat KATHERINE, capsized at 8 o'clock this morning and eleven persons were drowned. The names of the lost are:
CHARLES GILHOFER.
RICHARD THURMAN.
BERTHA STANLEY.
MAY JONES, all of the above residents of Cairo.
MRS. SHANNON and baby of Birds Point, Mo.
An unknown colored woman.
WOOD RITTENHOUSE, superintendent.
GEORGE DAVIS, colored.
LOUIS HALL, colored, fireman.
ASBURY ALEXANDER, colored deckhand.
The boat left her landing at 8 o'clock and was near the Illinois shore about a mile below here when the storm struck. She turned completely over and remained in that position for some time.
The captain, JOHN F. HACKER, Engineer GEORGE MAGEE, Clerk STANLEY POSEY and JOSEPH CURRY, a passenger, escaped from the wreck and they assisted DR. ORR of Wickliffe, Ky., another passenger, out from the debris, and they all climbed upon the overturned hull, which was partly submerged. They expected every minute it would sink and HACKER, POSEY and CURRY swam ashore, while MAGEE remained with ORR, who could not swim. Assistance was soon at hand and the survivors were brought to this city while work to find the missing was commenced.
The bodies of RICHARD TURMAN, MISS BERTHA STANLEY and GEORGE DAVIS have been recovered. The boat has since righted herself and lies with her stern considerably sunken.

Register Rock Valley Iowa 1896-05-22

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Cairo, IL Storm & Ferry Boat Sinking, May 1896

BOAT UPSET AT CAIRO, ILLS.

It Results in the Drowning of Fourteen of the Passengers.

CAIRO, Ills., May 27. – A hurricane and cloudburst struck this city yesterday. Fourteen lives were lost by the sinking of the steam ferryboat Katherine. Five miles of telegraph poles were blown down on the Mobile and Ohio railway. The Opera House and Union depot were unroofed. Number of trees were destroyed and signs blown down, but no houses were destroyed or lives lost in the city.

The storm came up very suddenly from the northwest. The ferryboat had just started from Cairo and was still in the Ohio river and near the Illinois shore. The rain was very heavy and the people were all in the cabin, with the doors shut. There was no warning; the boat turned over when the squall first struck her.

The captain and the clerk were both at the wheel and were blown out of the pilot house into the water and the boat turned over on them. They happened to be so far away that as she came over they caught the guard and pulled out from beneath her. Of those in the cabin only Dr. Orr and Joseph Curry got out, and they were badly hurt.

The lost are: CHARLES GILHOEFFER, DANIEL HAYES, a colored woman, WARD RITTENHOUSE, MR. STANLEY and MISS STANLEY, RICHARD THURMAN, MRS. WILLIAM SHANNON and baby, MRS. MARY JONES, MISS ORR, LEWIS HALL, ASHBURY ALEXANDER and GEORGE DAVIS. The last three were colored.

The saved were: Joe Curry, Captain John Hacket, Clerk R. Pavey, Engineer McGee, Dr. Orr, Mr. Richardson and an unknown man.

New Oxford Item, New Oxford, PA 29 May 1896