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Baltimore, MD Locust Point Pier Collapse, Apr 1907

PIER COLLAPSES AND DROWNS HALF A DOZEN PEOPLE.

Baltimore, Md. --- A section of 500 feet of the new pier being erected at the immigration station at Locust Point, South Baltimore, for the Baltimore & Ohio railroad for the use of the North German Lloyd Steamship Company, collapsed April 27th, carrying down between twenty and twenty-five workmen, of whom six are known to be dead, ten missing and fifteen injured.
Among the injured is W. N. EDSON, general superintendent of the Baltimore Bridge Company, who had charge of the steel construction. It is not yet known how seriously hurt her is. He was caught while warning the workmen off the pier.

Dead:
TONY WOLF, ROBERT SWEETMAN and four unidentified men.
The latter were drowned.
The pier is a two story structure 1,000 feet long. Its estimated cost is $400,000.

Warning of the disaster was had several days ago when some of the piles began settling. Shortly fefore the disaster the piles settled in such an alarming manner that orders to leave the place was circulated among the fifty odd workmen. It is due to this fact that the casualties were not greater. Those caught were at the end of the pier upon the roof.

Summit County Journal Colorado 1907-05-04

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LIVES LOST IN COLLAPSE OF A NEW B. & O. PIER

Half a Score of Workmen Killed at Locust Point, Md.

WHARF'S UNDERPINNING FELL

An Engineer Explains That Outer Wash Had Softened Clay Bottom On Which Piers Rested – There Will Be an Investigation.

Baltimore, Md. -- With a roar that terrified thousands, and a rush that drove a wave six feet high to distant parts of the inner harbor of Baltimore, nearly half of a new pier under construction at Locust Point broke away from the shore end and plunged into the water.
Out of the wreckage three dead bodies have been taken. Five men are missing, and their bodies are almost certainly beneath the ruins, and eighteen men are suffering from injuries more or less severe.
The dead are HOWARD L. ELLENDER, civil engineer, aged twenty-eight; ROBERT SWEETMAN, carpenter, aged forty-five, and ANTONE WOELFFEL, elevator erector, aged fifty-six. The missing, believed to be dead:
JACOB WINDERNBERGER, laborer; HARRY WARD, elevator workman; WILLIAM W. VAUGHN, colored, whitewasher; GEO. B. MONTGOMERY, colored, whitewasher; BUDDY JOHNSON, colored, whitewasher.
While many theories are advanced no one is willing to say with anything like certainty why the catastrophe occurred.
The new pier was being built by the Baltimore Bridge Company and the McLean Contracting Company for the Baltimore and Ohio Railroad and was to have been used by the steamers of the Johnson line. It was a two-story structure, 920 feet long, about 500 feet of it being on land. The water end was built upon piles upon which a thick bed of concrete was laid and above this rose the superstructure of steel. The water section of the pier was approaching completion and was under roof. This section was separated from the land and by a heavy wall of masonry.
About 11 o'clock there were heard warning cracklings, and the workmen were being called to places of safety when, as many of them were struggling through the doors in the fire wall this collapsed, and, with 430 feet of the water end of the pier, plunged into the harbor, carrying a number of men with it.
Of the ninety-six employees of the Baltimore Bridge Company at work on the pier one is known to be dead, one is missing and the others are accounted for. The three colored whitewashers were working near the extreme end of the pier, and no hope of their escape is expressed.
ELLENDER, the dead civil engineer, who was acting Superintendent of the McLean Contracting Company, lost his life in an effort to warn the men of their danger. His body was not recovered until three hours after the accident.
Police, firemen and others, including Mayor E. Clay Timanus, responded quickly to calls for help and everything possible was done to aid the injured and recover the bodies of the dead.

The Cranbury Press New Jersey 1907-05-03



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