St. Louis, MO Steamers DIE VERNON and ARCHER Collide, Dec 1851


The St. Louis Republican gives further particulars of the recent collision on the Mississippi between the steamers DIE VERNON and ARCHER, previously reported by Telegraph. The number of lives lost was thirty-four.
"All the passengers of the ARCHER were on deck, there being really no cabin, and consisted of persons emigrating to Iowa. Ten were deck hands, or firemen engaged on the boat. One family, with two exceptions, were drowned. Their names are given as JAMES SMYERS, SEN.; JAMES SMYERS, JR.; JANE SMYERS; MARY AMYERS; CAROLINE SMYERS; MARGARET ANN SMYERS; SARAH SMYERS, ELLEN SMYERS, and SUSAN DICK. The survivors were a little boy named SMYERS, picked up by the yawl of the DIE VERNON, while floating down the river on a log, and MISS SUSAN DICK. There was also on board an Irish family, consisting of seven or eight persons, an American family of three or four persons, and five or six other deck passengers, all drowned. The destruction of life by this disaster was the greatest, considering the number of persons on board, which ever occurred on our waters. The officers of the boat were saved, it seems, and the boy and young ladies whose names we have given -- and these are all.
The DIE VERNON sustained very little injury, and after the accident rendered all the assistance in her power to the unfortunate boat and passengers.
In this case, as in many others which we have had to record, the same story is to be told. There was no register of the deck passengers, although the vessel had been more than a day out from port, and it is not probably that the friends of those who suffered, will ever have satisfactory evidence ofe their death.

The New York Times New York 1851-12-10