Louisville, KY Towboat FRED WILSON Explodes, May 1904
THE BOILERS LET GO WITH DEAFENING ROAR.
TOWBOAT FRED WILSON BLOWS UP AND KILLS TWELVE NEAR LOUISVILLE.
OTHERS FATALLY INJURED IN MOST DEADLY STEAMBOAT EXPLOSION KNOWN IN YEARS.
THE BIG $40,000 BOAT IS A TOTAL WRECK.
Louisville, Ky., May 26. -- With a terrific detonation the boiler of the towboat Fred Wilson exploded early this morning killing 12 or 15 men, injuring 10 and completely wrecking the boat.
The catastrophe occurred just off River View park. The boat, wwith a large tow of coal barges, was on her way to New Orleans. She is a total wreck, loss estimated at $40,000.
The dead are:
Captain JOSEPH PRICE, Braddock, Pa., married.
ALBERT MILLER, pilot, Pittsburg, Pa., married.
WILLIAM QUINN, steward, Pittsburg, Pa.
JOSEPH WARREN, colored, Middlesport, Ohio.
WILLIAM THORNTON, colored, Middlesport, Ohio.
SHERMAN SHIVELY, second engineer.
PATRICK, blown to pieces, found on coal boat.
Cook unknown; Waiter unknown.
Five white deckhands unknown.
The fatally injured are:
EMMA WILLIAMSON, aged chambermaid, burned.
WILLIE J. LETTERCONTH, deckhand, Wellsburg, W. Va., scalded, will die.
CLIFF JOHNSON, Tyrone, Pa., burned and will die.
WM. TOMMONS, watchman, head scalded, seriously.
JOHN MILLER, deckhand, Pittsburg, Pa., nose broken.
CODLEY KITCHEN, helper, burned.
CHARLES R. FADAL, pilot, injured about the head.
WILLIAM MILLER, Allegheney, Pa., burised about the head.
The saved are:
FRANK EGAN, Allegheney, Pa.
JOHN BOUCHET, Alleghenney, Pa.
JOE CHADWICK, Allegheney, Pa.
GEORGE MORROW, second fireman, Middlesport, Ohio.
JAKE BOTSELL, Pomeroy, Ohio.
FRANK NIGHT, Middlesport, Ohio.
WALTER BATES, Middlesport, Ohio.
W. J. GILBREATH, Braddock, Pa.
HENRY SAX, mate, Pittsburg, Pa.
The Fred Wilson belonged to the Consolidated Coal Co., of Cincinnati. The boat was literally blown to pieces and is an absolute loss. That every one of the crew of thirty-one people was not killed is little short of a miracle.
The boilers let loose just as the boat was tieing up to the bank. Chief Engineer LOUIS WALKER, of Pittsburg, one of those who escaped, declared that the boilers had plenty of water and he cannot account for the cause of the accident.
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