Mound City, IL Boat Explosion, Sept 1930


Mound City, Ill., Sept. 8 -- The captain and two engineers of the government boat H. S. TABOR were killed by an explosion which wrecked their craft in the Ohio River Sunday.

The H. S. TABOR was towing a flat-boad [sic] loaded with oil when the latter blew up.

Doyle Heart, second engineer was instantly killed.  Capt. David Dorgan and William I. Smith, third engineer, died today in a hospital at Cairo.

An aceylene torch is believed to have touched off the explosion.

The Edwardsville Intelligencer, 8 Sept 1930

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