New York, NY Feed Mill Boiler Explosion, Nov 1893


A Feed Mill Boiler Blows Up With Terrible Results.

Five men were killed and fifteen persons were injured by the explosion of a boiler in East Fourteenth street, near Avenue B, New York City, a few afternoons ago. The boiler, an upright, was in the basement of the feed mill at the stables of the Dry Dock, East Broadway and Battery Railroad Company, on the north side of Fourteenth street.
The feed mill was demolished and a large section of the boiler was hurled across the street, smashing in the wall of a tenement on the south side.
Two of the men who were killed were blown out of the feed mill clear across the street. One of them died in the hallway of the tenement, 534 East Fourteenth street. The other breathed his last on the sidewalk in front of 536. The rest of the killed were buried in the ruins of the feed mill.
Most of the injured were employees of the feed mill or stables, who were struck by flying bricks or timbers. Several persons living across the street also were injured.
Following is a list of the dead:
JAMES ARMSTRONG, engineer, twenty-eight years old, leaves a wife and one child.
JOHN GILLESPIE, hostler, sixty-five years old, leaves a wife and son.
THOMAS B. HANSON, grain shoveler, eighteen years old, single.
SAMUEL McMULLEN, grain shoveler, thirty-seven years old, single.
PATRICK QUINN, carpenter, twenty-two years old, single.
The engineer in charge of the boiler, JAMES ARMSTRONG, was buried beneath a great mass of bricks and stones, broken beams and twisted machinery, and, therefore, the cause may never be ascertained.
The explosion shook buildings for blocks around. Almost simultaneously the front wall of the feed mill fell outward, and the roof caved in, followed by the collapse of the side walls.
A large section of the boiler rose in the air and went sailing across the street. It struck with great force the front of the tenement, 534 East Fourteenth street, crushing in the wall at the second story and smashing the fronts and windows of PETER'S grocery and RUHL'S saloon, on the ground floor.
The bodies of many horses were taken out and eight injured were shot. Fifteen in all were killed.

The Cranbury Press New Jersey 1893-11-10