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New Orleans, LA Steamer FANCHON Explosion, July 1882

A RIVER STEAMER EXPLOSION.

EIGHT MEN DROWNED ON SERIOUSLY SCALDED NEAR NEW ORLEANS.

New Orleans, July 27. -- The FANCHON was put in the Opelous as trade as the successor to the JOHN WILSON, which snagged and sunk in the Atchafalaya, on the night of Sunday, July 16, by which accident about 25 lives were lost. She left her wharf at 5 o'clock this evening on her second trip, with full freight and a large number of passengers, in command of the same officers the WILSON had -- Capt. H. H. BROAD and Clerks QUATREVEAUX and HARKINS. At about 6 o'clock this evening, while hugging the left bank, about four miles above her landing, the cap of the flue of he larboard boiler blew out, with fatal results. The steam poured out into the gang of roustabouts and laborers on the forecastle. Ten or twelve of them plunged into the water to escape the steam, and of these three are known to be drowned and two others are missing. Five of those who remained on deck were scalded, two of whom will die. All are residents of this city. Chief Clerk QUATREVEAUX and the first mate jumped overboard and swam ashore. A raft lay alongside the bank, upon which those who were not drowned managed to land themselves. Second Clerk HARKINS was badly burned, and his recovery is doubtful. The vessel was inspected last October, and has been laid up all the season until two weeks ago, when she took her place in this trade. The damage to the boat is unimportant. A rumor that one of the lady passengers was lost lacks confirmation.

The New York Times New York 1882-07-27

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