Wolf Trap, MD THOMAS KELSO Boiler Explosion In Chesapeake Bay, Dec 1866
BOILER EXPLOSION ON A BALTIMORE AND NORFOLK STEAMER -- FIVE PERSONS KILLED AND OTHERS SERIOUSLY INJURED.
Baltimore, Saturday, Dec. 8.
Reports have reached the city of disaster to the steamer THOMAS KELSO, from this city for Norfolk. It is stated that one of her boilers exploded when near the Rip Raps this morning, killing three persons. Particulars could not be ascertained.
The accident to the KELSO occurred near the Wolf Trap. Several passengers were badly scalded and have been sent to Norfolk by another steamer.
ANOTHER ACCOUNT -- FULL PARTICULARS -- LIST OF KILLED AND INJURED.
Fortress Monroe, Saturday, Dec. 8.
Hardly has the disaster to the steamer St. John on the North River, the sad fate of the Evening Star, the loss of the steamship Queen Victoria, and other marine disasters with their attendent loss of life, faded from the memory of the public, ere still another steamboat explosion occurring upon inland waters has to be chronicled. Yesterday evening at 5 o'clock, the mail steamer THOMAS KELSO with about 140 passengers and a large amount of freight, left Baltimore on her usual trip to Norfolk. The weather was pleasant and nothing appears to indicate the terrible explosion which afterward happened. She was a new steamer built a few months ago in Chester, Delaware, for the Bayline Company of Baltimore, and although not fast, was considered a safe and comfortable boat. During last night the weather became thick, and a heavy fog soon spread overhead. The steamer moved cautiously on her way, the pilot being on a careful lookout for passing vessels to avoid collisions, when about 3 o'clock in the morning, three miles to the northward of Wolf Trap light-ship, while the passengers were asleep, the steam-drum exploded with a terrific report, startling every one on board and creating the greatest confusion. The hot, scalding steam spread everywhere, rushing into the saloon, penetrating into the staterooms and scalding fearfully many of the sleeping passengers. Some of them, awakening upon inhaling the steam, made frantic efforts to break through the windows of their state-rooms, or, rushing into the saloon, sought exit anywhere to reach fresh air. A terrible scene of confusion and suffering was revealed to the gaze when the steam cleared away. It was with the utmost difficulty that quiet could be restored. Those passengers who had preserved their presence of mind, with the officers, finally succeeded in calming the fears of the ladies, and with an army surgeon, who fortunately happened to be on board, proceeded to relieve the sufferings of the wounded. Intelligence of the disaster was sent to Cherrystone, on the eastern shore, to the nearest telegraph station, at about 2 o'clock this afternoon. The steamer Annameper of Norfolk, was signaled, and coming alongside, took all the passengers and baggage to Norfolk, where they will be well cared for.
The steamer John Sylvester left Norfolk to-night and proceeded to the Wolf Trap, where the KELSO anchored after the explosion, intending to tow her to Norfolk. The following is as complete and correct a list of the victims of the disaster as can be obtained at this late hour:
Officers And Crew Of Steamer Killed:
CHAS. REIDEL, Chief-Engineer.
VANCE WILSON, Assistant Engineer.
M. WALDROP, Baggage Agent.
WM. HALL, Fireman.
Three colored firemen badly scalded.
Capt. CRALLE slightly.
Passengers badly scalded:
CHAS. W. NIXON, slightly.
Major EUGENE CARTER, Eighth U.S. Infantry.
L. A. SANGTELLE.
MRS. JAMES, Southampton.
REV. JOHN L. COWLING.
The New York Times New York 1866-12-09