Baltimore, MD Steamer MEDORA Explosion, Apr 1842

The Baltimore papers furnish us with some further particulars of this dreadful disaster. The number of the dead thus far is 23. We annex a list:
JOHN C. MOALE.
JOSEPH LECOMPTE.
CAPT. JOHN VICKERS.
EDMUND YOUNG.
BENJAMIN FRENCH.
JOHN BOON.
JOHN BURNS.
ANDREW F. HENDERSON.
RICHARD LINTHLEUM.
ROBERT DOYLE.
JOHN SPEDDY.
GEORGE ENDLEY.
THOMAS ELDRIDGE.
JOHN HARPER.
JOHN HALEY.
JOHN BOSTON.
WILLIAM LEWIS.
GEORGE GEDDES.
S. W. HACKNEY, M.D.
JAMES W. LAVERE.
JAMES MITCHELL.
JOHN KEMP.
The American gives the following additional persons who were seriously injured, and are not expected to live:
JOHN YEAGER, late an Engineer of Lanvale Factory -- cannot recover.
JAMES RIDGELY, an Engineer.
ISAIAH WAGNER and LOUIS WAGNER, brothers, both badly scalded.
GEORGE HYAM, seriously scalded.
DUNCAN FERGUSON, Engineer.
JOSEPH CRAIG, Engineer.
JACKSON REEDER, (son of CHARLES.)
WESLEY CULLY.
The following are the names of persons injured not before mentioned.
PATRICK COLLINS, badly scalded.
JAMES CLARK, badly scalded.
WM. ROBERTS, head much injured.
WM. ELLERY, badly hurt in the back, but not scalded.
DANIEL STEVENS, fireman, badly scalded in the face, breast and arms -- is supposed not to have inhaled the steam, and may get well.
MARTIN ILICKLEY, badly bruised.
GEORGE CLAY, slightly scalded.
GEORGE REYNOLDS, badly scalded.
JOHN MITCHELL, both legs broken, cannot survive.
JAMES MONTGOMERY, scalded.
DANIEL STEVENS, slightly scalded.
HENRY SNYDER, scalded.
ISAIAH WAGNER, Block-maker, slightly.
DAVID IRWIN, cook of the Medora, slightly.
WM. ALLEN, and two sons, ship joiners, slightly.
CAPT. COFFEY, of the steamboat Georgia, slightly.
Among the missing is FRANCIS McALEAR, engineer and mcahinist.
The persons on board who escaped uninjured were:
R. B. CULLEY, ship carpenter.
THOMAS WILDEY.
A. SPEDDEN.
WALTER BALL, Clerk to the steamboat company.
JOHN WATCHMAN, engineer and machinist.
J. R. BROMWELL, S. J. FOLEY, GIDEON BROWN.
WM. TOMLINSON, ______ CHICKEN.
A. WATSON, engineer of the steamboat Gosport.
GEORGE AIRES, engineer of the Georgia.
WM. STITH, (colored) chief steward of the Georgia, was blown overboard, but not injured.
JOHN CHAPMAN, (colored) chief cook of the Georgia, was blown overboard, but not injured.

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Comments

Who was the Lecompt?

There was a Joseph (incorrect first name, probably a brother, to my GGGF Henry B.. LeCompte who was the victim in the explosion) LeCompt who is listed as killed in the explosion (both legs broken and died the following day)
Do you have any information on him and the role he played?

M. LeCompte

ramsey/clazy

agnes clazy was my great great grandmother. I would like to have and share information with you.
Please contact me. Thanks

Ramsay and Clazey

I am researching my Clazey roots...and have gotten all of us back to Berwickshire...would love to know more about Agnes and Isabelle. And, who their parents were...there is another researcher who descends from George Clazey and Margaret Brack (married in Berwickshire). We have called them "The Maryland Line"!

Sharon

Medora Disaster

My Great Great Grandfather was the engineer on the Medora, Albert G. Ramsey, but survived. Based on his testimony taken later that week he was on the top deck at the time of the explosion engaged in conversation. After the explosion he took a step back and fell through the deck but was able to climb up and out of the ship. The other engineer was Duncan Ferguson and also Albert's brother-in-law. They were married to sisters, Isabelle and Agnes Clazey. Unfortunately Duncan Ferguson died that day. If my GrGr Grandfather had died I would not be to write this...