Hoboken, NJ Drownings, Aug 1875


A party of young men and girls, consisting of HENRY CARROLL, JOHN LENORE, NELLIE PALMER, and LILLIE LYALL, of Jersey City; JOHN RYAN, of New York, and JENNIE ANDERSON, of corner of Henry and Atlantic streets, Brooklyn, hired a boat at the bath house, foot of Fourth street, Hoboken, last evening and went sailing on the river. They were all more of less under the influence of liquor, having drank freely while at the Elysian Fields, where they had been to witness a baseball game. WHile they were on the river the tug boat J. J. Stevens passed, and one of the men threw a line to a deck hand, who fastened it and took the boat in tow. They party in the boat were very hilarious and finally overturned it. A deck hand plunged in and succeeded in saving LENORE, RYAN, and the girls PALMER and LYALL. All efforts to rescue HENRY CARROLL and JENNIE ANDERSON were unavailing, and they were drowned. Their bodies were not recovered. The rescued party were taken on board the tug boat and landed at the Fifth street dock.

The New York Times New York 1875-08-29



JARVIS GEOUTCHES, the Captain of the tugboat J. J. STEVENS, was brought to the Tombs Police Court yesterday morning for examination in connection with the sad drowning of the young man and woman, HENRY CARROLL and JENNIE ANDERSON, off Hoboken, on Saturday evening. Owing to the absence of witnesses, the prisoner was remanded to the station. GEOUTCHES states that there are no grounds on which to base a charge against him. The party in the small boat which hailed the Stevens for a tow were actingin a very boisterous manner, and were seemingly under the influence of drink. Notwithstanding this, however, he allowed his deck hands to make the line of the small boat fast to the tug boat. The crew, seeing that the pianter was too short, and that the prow of the boat was elevated some distance out of the water, let go the line to prevent an accident. The little craft on being released from the strain gave a sudden lurch, precipitating the entire party into the water. Capt. GEOUTCHES also avers that the Stevens did not continue on her course after the accident, but turned back and assisted to pick up several of the persons out of the water. JENNIE ANDERSON, the young girl who was drowned, was carried away some distance from the others, and HENRY CARROLL struck out to her relief. He endeavored to support her, but she got her arm around his neck and carried him underneath the surface of the water. They were not seen to arise afterward.

The New York Times New York 1875-08-30