Columbia, LA Steamboat EDNA Explosion, June 1847
DREADFUL STEAMBOAT EXPLOSION.
On the 4th inst. the steamer EDNA burst all four of her boilers, just as she was starting from the town of Columbia on the Mississippi, by which upwards of Twenty persons were killed, and several others severely wounded. The boat was shivered into countless fragments, and the boilers torn into numerous pieces, and thrown from one to four hundred yards. The groans of the wounded, the shrieks of the drowning, were heart-rending. Seventeen bodies had been found on the 7th inst.
The disaster is attributed mainly to the misconduct of those having charge of the boat.
Among those killed were:
JUDGE MAYO, of Harrisonburg, La.
MR. KILL, Ark.
MR. ODELL, S.C.
MR. KING, S.C.
MR. DADEY, La.
MR. JONES, Florida.
The Adams Sentinel Gettysburg Pennsylvania 1847-06-21