Paducah, KY Steamer CITY OF GOLCONDA Sinking, Aug 1901

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STEAMER CAPSIZED.

A TERRIBLE DISASTER OCCURS NEAR PADUCAH, KY.

SQUALL STRIKES CITY OF GOLCONDA.

THE BOAT LADEN WITH PASSENGERS SINKS -- SIXTEEN PERSONS DROWNED.

Paducah, Ky., Aug. 20. -- The steamer City of Golconda, plying between this city and Elizabethtown, Ill., was struck by a squall during a storm about seven o'clock Monday night as she was en route to Paducah, and turned over in ten feet of water, six miles above the city, as she was going into Crowell's Landing. Sixteen persons are reported drowned. The disaster occurred as supper was served, and many of the 75 passengers were in the cabin. The wind struck the boat without warning and there was no time for those on the inside to escape.
Capt. JESSE BAUER and Pilot E. E. PECK were the last to leave the boat and swam to shore. They saved several struggling in the water and left the survivors in a house hear the bank and came to the city. Capt. BAUER, who arrived here two hours after the catastrophe said:
"The boat was getting ready to land when the squall struck her and she listed. Several passengers who were inside jumped overboard and were caught by the boat. The ladies, all of whom were in the cabin, could not be reached. The boat settled down in ten feet of water over a reef and two of the men who were in the cabin -- H. E. WORTEN and N. B. QUARTERMOUSE -- of Hampton, broke through the glass and were saved. Three colored deckhands saved a woman and child, and I think she was the only woman saved. A yawl that had broken loose was caught by some of those struggling in the water and taken to the bank. We returned to the boat on this, but could find no signs of life and returned to shore."
Among those believed to be lost are:
MISS LOCKEY BARNETT, of Smithland, Ky.
MISS LIZZIE GRAHAM, of Grahamsville, Ky.
MISS TRIXIE ADAMS, of Grahamsville, Ky.
MRS. DAVID ADAMS, of Smithland, Ky.
MR. WATTS DAVIS, a prominent farmer of Livingston County.
CLARENCE SLAYDEN, of Lola, Ky.
MRS. W. A. HOGAN and three children, Paducah, Ky.
Unknown Man, Lola, Ky.
Two unknown peddlers.
Five colored deckhands.
The boat was valued at about $2,500, and had been in the trade for several years, being owned by Capt. OTTO BAUER, of Golconda, Ill. There is no way to determine the number of names of the dead until the boat's books are found. Capt. PECK places the number at 16. The Mary N., left soon after the survivors reached the city for the scene.
It is declared that the disaster might have been averted but for the action of the engineer, who abandoned his engines when the squall struck and rushed to the cabin to save his wife. With no one at the engines, Capt. BAUER was unable to turn the steamboat's head into the wind. The boat in consequence received the full force of the squall broadside.

The Daily News Marshall Michigan 1901-08-20