St. Louis, MO Steamer LA MASCOTTE Explosion, Oct 1886


A Steamer's Boilers Explode Near St. Louis.

The Vessel Burned, and Many Persons Killed and Injured.

Shortly after noon a few days since the steamer La Mascotte, bound from Grand Tower, Ill., to Cape Girardeau, Mo., exploded her boilers opposite Veely's Landing, was burned to the water's edge and floated nearly a mile below Willard's Landing, where it is lodged on the shore. First reports of the accident were very meagre[sic] and a full list of the killed and wounded could not be obtained. The tow boat Eagle, was within sight of La Mascotte when the explosion took place and rendered valuable assistance, rescuing all who were left alive. The Eagle took thirty-five persons to Cape Girardeau.

No list of passengers could be obtained, as the register is lost and the excitement was so intense amount the survivors of the officers and crew that no one could at first tell who was on board.

Among the lost are known to be JUDGE HAGER and wife, MISS KREIGER, WILLIAM R. WHEELER and two children, and FRITZ LAIRD, all of Cape Girardeau: CHARLES ANSEL, colored; two chambermaids and an unknown lady and two children. The bodies of the last three and one chambermaid were recovered and taken to Cape Girardeau on the Eagle. S. R. PERKINS, first clerk; MISS JULIA ROBISH, of Cape Girardeau, and First Engineer PORTER were supposed to be lost.

_______________ were saved and the total loss of life was placed at between eighteen and twenty-two.

Among the badly injured were LENA BUCHMANN, daughter of GEORGE BUCHMANN, of Cape Girardeau, and LEON ADAMS, the first mate. Among the saved were Captain J. B. THOMPSON, HENRY LOWREY, steward, JAMES N,. DONOHOE, pilot, J. J. HANLAN, second clerk, and D. C. MARTZINGER.

La Mascotte was a new boat, having been built by Evansville (Ind.) parties during the past summer at a cost of about $30,000, especially for the packet trade between St. Louis and Cape Girardeau. The patronage received was more than satisfactory, the steamer making tri-weekly trips with heavy loads of passengers and freight. Captain THOMPSON considered her remarkably fast. She left St. Louis at 4 o'clock the previous afternoon.

The Cranbury Press New Jersey 1886-10-08


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