Hermitage, LA Steamer PARIS C. BROWN Wreck, Jan 1889


The Steamer Paris C. Brown Wrecked at Hermitage, La.

The Ninth Mississippi River Disaster in Three Weeks.

A dispatch from New Orleans, La., says:
The ninth steamboat accident on the Mississippi or its tributaries in this vicinity in the past three weeks has just occurred in the sinking of the Paris C. Brown, of the New Orleans and Ohio River line, near Hermitage, about 100 miles above New Orleans and four miles from Bayou Sara.

The Brown, while passing Hermitage, was signaled by the Steamer Oliver Beirne to land there. The Brown waited for the Beirne to back out. As the latter did so she attempted to land, but struck a snag or some other obstruction. It went completely through her hull, broke her bog chains in two, the cabin fell in, and the vessel collapsed and became a complete wreck within two or three minutes.
The shock of the accident aroused everyone in the boat, and the passengers and crew rushed to the front to see what means of escape there was for them. Nothing could be done to save the Brown, and it was evident that she would be at the bottom of the river in a very few minutes. The Captain ordered the crew to cut the lifeboats loose and launch them.

Fortunately the accident was seen by a resident of Hermitage, WILLIAM GLASS, who happened to be on the river bank at the time. He sprang into his skiff and rowed to the sinking steamer, which was only a few yards from shore. He took the lady passengers, chambermaids and others to the land, returned and carried the other passengers ashore and a number of the crew.

The river was filled with hogsheads, lumber and other wreckage from the steamer, and therefore difficult of navigation. The crew who were not taken off by GLASS'S skiff, endeavored to reach the land by means of these floating articles, but, although the distance was very short, nine of them were carried away into midstream by the strong current of the river and drowned.

One of the passengers, a man named MITCHELL, from Vicksburg, could not be found, and is supposed to have been locked in his state room at the time the steamer went down. The Brown sank within a few minutes of the accident, only the top of the pilot house and a port on of the “texas” being visible. She is a complete loss, and so is her cargo.

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