Maryland Point, MD Steamer WAKEFIELD Explosion In Potomac, Oct 1892


Alexandria, Va., Oct. 30. -- The steamer WAKEFIELD of the Potomac River Line, while on her way up the river to-day and while off Maryland Point, blew a hole in her boiler where the steam chimney connects. The accident caused the death of three colored men and the seriousl injury of two others, all members of the crew. Engineer E. L. GERMOND was also painfully scalded about the hands and face.
There were about thirty passengers on board, but none of them was inured, nor was there much excitement among them. The United States steamer Jessamine brought the dead and injured and some of the passengers to Quantico, whence they were sent to this city by rail. The steamer was but slightly damaged, and a tug has been sent to tow her to his city.

The New York Times New York 1892-10-31




Washington, Oct. 31. -- The steam chimney of the steamboat Wakefield, belonging to the Potomac Steamer company, blew up yesterday and killed three men, possibly four, and more or less seriously injured three others. The boat was on her return trip to Washington, and when off Maryland Point, about fifty miles down the river, the accident happened. ALEXANDER TOLMAN and JAMES JOHNSON, colored firemen, were instantly killed by flying fragments, and WILLIAM CLARK, a colored bootblack, was blown off the boat and drowned. Another colored man is missing, and it is feared he met the fate of the bootblack.
E. L. GERMOND (white), an assistant engineer, was badly bruised about the head and arms. He was taken to his home in Alexandria. WILLIAM MOTLEY and WILLIAM CARNEY, colored deck hands, were badly scalded and otherwise injured. They were brought to Washington and are now at Providence hospital.
The Wakefield was only slightly damaged and soon after the accident it was towed to a landing forty miles from Washington. The Wakefield was used principally as a freight boat, stopping at all the Potomac river landings for a distance of eighty-five miles down, but occasionally transported passengers.

The Daily Times New Brunswick New Jersey 1892-10-31