Newfoundland, NF (Off Shore) Explosion On Steamer COBAN, May 1903

EXPLOSION ON A STEAMSHIP.

COAL GAS BLOWS OUT ENTIRE AFTER PART OF THE COBAN OFF NEWFOUNDLAND -- ONE MAN KILLED, TWO MISSING.

Quebec, Quebec, May 23. -- The steamship, COBAN, from Newfoundland for Montreal, arrived in port this evening, and, having landed a number of passengers, proceeded to Montreal. While on her way to port a serious explosion occurred on board, caused apparently by coal gas, as the steamer's cargo consisted entirely of coal.
It was on Thursday afternoon about 3 o'clock that the explosion took place, completely demolishing the saloon, ladies' cabin, companionway, skylight, and hand-steering apparatus. A waiter named McGRATH, a native of Newfoundland, was killed outright and two passengers are missing. Their disappearance was immediately noticed, and the COBAN searched around for about two hours, but did not find them.
McGRATH'S body was brought to Quebec, where an inquest will be held. The remainder of the passengers, thirty in number, had a very narrow escape, for if the accident had happened during supper time a large number of lives would have undoubtedly been lost.

The New York Times New York 1903-05-24