St. Louis, MO Steamer ALONZO O. CHURCH Accident, May 1904



St. Louis, May 2. -- The hurricane roof of the ferry steamer Alonzo O. Church collapsed while the steamer was crowded with sightseers viewing the United States Gunboat Nashville at anchor in the river harbor here, and about thirty people were injured, a number of them being reported in a critical condition.

The names of the worst hurt are as follows:
J. B. WOOD, leg broken and internally.
GEORGE MONTIGO, both ankles fractured.
MABEL MONTIGO, his daughter aged 4 years, head hurt.
EDWARD MACK, leg crushed.
MOLLIE COLLINS, East St. Louis, internally injured.
PHILLIP MANGELS, 14 years old, skull fractured.
Unidentified Woman, serious internal injuries.
About twenty-four others, all residents of St. Louis and East St. Louis, were injured, but none seriously.

The ferry steamer had been carrying crowds all day from the foot of Valentine Street out into mid-stream past the Nashville and back again. No stop was made at the Nashville, owing to the heavy flood current running. As the ferry boat was rounding the Nashville and starting back to dock the crowd on the upper deck rushed to the steamer's side and out upon the hurricane roof. The strain was too great and the roof collapsed, precipitating a large number of people twenty feet to the deck below, which was also crowded.

Instantly a frantic panic ensued. Women screamed, some from injury and some from freight, and several persons attempted to jump into the river, thinking the boat was sinking. Cooler heads prevented this and efforts were at once begun to succor the injured. A distress signal was blown from the boats whistle and tugs hurried alongside, but it was deemed best to proceed to land and not attempt to place the injured on the tugs.

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