New Orleans, LA Explosion of the Tow-Boat PILOT, Mar 1845
EXPLOSION OF THE PILOT.
The steam tow-boat Pilot, Capt. Brown, bursted all her boilers, on March 14th, 1845, a short distance below New Orleans, while engaged in towing the brig Pioneer up to that city.
Some fragments of the boat were thrown into the air with such force as to carry away the top-gallant mast and fore top-gallant yard of the Pioneer.
LIST OF KILLED.—William B. Fagan, first engineer ; Mr. Barry, a passenger ; Mr. Davis, steersman ; and a fireman, name not mentioned.
WOUNDED.—William Webster, branch pilot ; William Reilly, second engineer ; Capt. Brown ; three deck-hands and four firemen.
Capt. Brown was thrown off the vessel by the concussion and was taken out of the water by the crew of the brig.
Lloyd's Steamboat Directory and Disasters on the Western Waters, Cincinnati, Ohio; James T. Lloyd & Co, 1856, page 261