Cairo, IL Ferry Boat KATHERINE Capsizes, May 1896
FERRY BOAT CAPSIZES.
ELEVEN LIVES LOST OFF CAIRO, ILL., THIS MORNING.
Cairo, Ill., May 26. -- The ferry boat KATHERINE, capsized at 8 o'clock this morning and eleven persons were drowned. The names of the lost are:
MAY JONES, all of the above residents of Cairo.
MRS. SHANNON and baby of Birds Point, Mo.
An unknown colored woman.
WOOD RITTENHOUSE, superintendent.
GEORGE DAVIS, colored.
LOUIS HALL, colored, fireman.
ASBURY ALEXANDER, colored deckhand.
The boat left her landing at 8 o'clock and was near the Illinois shore about a mile below here when the storm struck. She turned completely over and remained in that position for some time.
The captain, JOHN F. HACKER, Engineer GEORGE MAGEE, Clerk STANLEY POSEY and JOSEPH CURRY, a passenger, escaped from the wreck and they assisted DR. ORR of Wickliffe, Ky., another passenger, out from the debris, and they all climbed upon the overturned hull, which was partly submerged. They expected every minute it would sink and HACKER, POSEY and CURRY swam ashore, while MAGEE remained with ORR, who could not swim. Assistance was soon at hand and the survivors were brought to this city while work to find the missing was commenced.
The bodies of RICHARD TURMAN, MISS BERTHA STANLEY and GEORGE DAVIS have been recovered. The boat has since righted herself and lies with her stern considerably sunken.
Register Rock Valley Iowa 1896-05-22