Cincinnati, OH Area Steamboat MOSELLE Explosion, Apr 1838
KILLED,—Elijah North, of Alton, Illinois ; Miss Mary Parker, (drowned,) and B. Furmon, merchant, Middletown, Ohio; Job Jones, of Loudon County, Virginia ; B. Mitchell, barkeeper, of Cincinnati ; Capt. Perrin, master of the Moselle ; J, Chapman, second clerk ; T. C. Powell, of Louisville, Kentucky ; H, B, Casey, of Cincinnati ; James Barnet, of Missouri ; Calvin R, Stone, of Shrewsbury, Massachusetts; James Douglass, of Fort Madison, Wisconsin ; J, Williams, colored ; Henry Stokes, second steward ; Holly Dillon, fireman ; J. Madder, first engineer ; Robert Watt, deck hand ; E, Dunn, chambermaid ; James B. McFarland, Knox County, Ohio ; Miss Dunham ; J. M. Watkins, of Virginia ; M, Thomas, first mate ; A. Burns, of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania ; Halsey Williams, second engineer ; a child of P. Troutman ; G. Kramer's wife and five children; J, Fleming, pilot, (body blown to the opposite side of the river,) and J. Dillon.
Many whose names are inserted under the head of "missing" may properly be added to this list. A large number of those who perished were Irish and German emigrants, whose names are unknown.
BADLY Wounded.—William H. Inskeep, St. Clairsville, Ohio ; Mr. Sherwood, of Cincinnati ; Benjamin Bowman, first clerk ; James Tyrrell, deck hand ; — De Jaune, fireman ; Stephen Bailey, carpenter ; Isaac Van Hook ; a brother of Capt. Perrin; D. Higbee, of Cayuga County, New York ; Edward Sexton ; Mr. Teed, of Worcester, Massachusetts ; — Franklin, second cook ; James Fry, third cook.
Missing.—Lieut. Col, Fowl, U. S. A ; two children of George Kramer ; Wm. Parker's wife and two children, Dr, H. Huey, U, S. A. ; Joseph Swift, Buffalo, N. Y. ; Joseph Fotler, Filbain Fotler, Grechan Fotler, and Jacob Fotler, of Boston, Maas. ; John Beaver, Joseph Beaver, Eva Beaver, Mary Beaver, Jacob Beaver, and several children of Joseph and Eva Beaver ; a child of Peter Trautman, aged two and a half years ; Thomas Watt, a deck hand ; Michael Kennedy's wife and two children ; D. Higbee's wife and two children ; E. Raymond, wife and child, of Baltimore, Md. ; John Endig and John Leim, and the wife and child of each ; John Tyree, St. Louis; Payton Bird, fireman ; John Anderson ; Mr. Weber and three children; 3. Weaver, St. Louis ; Wilson Burrows, deck hand ; Mr. Fox, first clerk ; J. Duncan, wife and two children ; M. Manning and J. Lander, from Ireland ; Wm. Dougherty, G. Weaver, D. Brackwell.
On the day after the accident a public meeting was called at Cincinnati, at which the Mayor presided, when the facts of this melancholy occurrence were discussed, and among other resolutions passed was one deprecating "the great and increasing carelessness in the navigation of steam vessels," and urging this subject upon the consideration of Congress. No one denied that this sad event, which caused so much consternation, suffering, and sorrow, was the result of a reckless and criminal inattention to their duty on the part of those who had the management of the Moselle, nor was there any attempt to palliate their conduct.
The Moselle was built at Cincinnati, and she reflected great credit on the mechanical genius of that city, as she was truly a superior boat, and, under more favorable auspices, might have been the pride of the waters for many years. She was quite a new boat, having been begun on the 1st of December, 1838, and finished on the 31st of March, less than one month before the time of her destruction.
Lloyd's Steamboat Directory and Disasters on the Western Waters, Cincinnati, Ohio; James T. Lloyd & Co, 1856, pages 89-93