Essex, CT Steamboat NEW ENGLAND Explosion, Oct 1833
From the N.Y. Adv. & Jour. of Oct. 15.
We learn by passengers from New Haven, that the steamboat New England, which left this city on Tuesday afternoon, at 4 o'clock, burst her boiler at 3 o'clock the following morning, in Connecticut River, near the town of Essex, about 45 miles below Hartford. It is said there were about one hundred passengers on board, a number of whom were wounded. A messenger had arrived at New Haven, when our informant left, for the purpose of procuring surgical assistance.
Since the above was in type, we have received the New Haven Herald of Wednesday evening, which contains the following:
STEAMBOAT NEW ENGLAND.
We learn from MR. STARR, one of the proprietors of the barouche line between this place and Guilford, that an express arrived at Guilford at an early hour, stating that the steamboat New England, from N. York, for Hartford, burst her boiler off Essex (Saybrook) this morning, about 4 o'clock. The extent of the damage is not known, but is presumed to be serious from the fact that the business of the express was to obtain a surgeon, and that he was dispatched in too much haste to learn particulars.
P.S. Since the above was in type, a gentleman has arrived in town for the purpose of obtaining further medical and surgical aid, who represents the case as one most truly disastrous and distressing. Both the boilers bursted, in such a manner as to leave scarce a fragment of either on board. The clerk of the boat, two of the hands, and two passengers are missing -- undoubtedly blown into the stream and lost. Seventeen persons were landed at Essex, dangerously wounded, not more than half of whom, it was thought, could recover. The passengers for Hartford, it is supposed, suffered least, most of them being in their berths.
Among the sufferers, were J. M. HERON, Esq. of Reading, on his way to attend the Episcopal convention at Norwich; DR. WHITING, of New York, and MR. WARNER, brother of the Treasurer of Yale College. DR. KNIGHT and DR. N. B. IVES, left here this afternoon, to afford such aid as is in their power.
Further Accounts -- A letter from a passenger, received in this city, says:
I was in the forward cabin, and concluded I was in the safest part of the boat. They seemed to go on badly until 3 o'clock, when both boilers burst as nearly together as a two barrel gun could be discharged by one person.
Two persons were killed instantly, and about twenty-five wounded; of whom five or six may not survive.
The destruction of the upper works was almost entire. Among those that are injured are six or eight females -- those were on the upper deck cabin.
There were three or four badly injured in the main cabin -- the front cabin escaped -- no steam entered.
The cries and moanings were truly heart rending.
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