Cincinnati, OH (near) Steamboat FLORA Wreck, Nov 1836


We learn from the Cincinnati Whig of the 18th inst. that "a most distressing accident" occurred on board of the steamboat Flora, Capt. R. D. CHAPMAN, on the 17th, while on her way from Louisville to Cincinnati.
The boat had approached to within thirty miles of the latter place, when the pipes which connect the two boilers together, commonly called the
"connecting pipes," suddenly broke, or separated, causing the death of one man, and the scalding and mutilation of thirteen others, all cabin passengers but one.
As soon as the noise, which the accident occasionied, was heard by the persons in the cabin, most of them unfortunately fell to the door, which on being opened, enabled the scalding steam to rush in and perform its work of destruction.
The following is a list of the sufferers:
Killed -- BENJ. MYRICK, of Charlestown, Mass.
Badly Scalded -- recovery doubtful -- SAM'L. DONNALLY, of Washington, Penn.; E. McLAUGHLIN, Columbiana County, O.; HON. G. L. KINNARD, member of Congress, from Indiana;
GEORGE FISHER, residence not known, but got on board at Louisville.
Badly Scalded -- but will probably recover -- L. ALLEN, from the Eastward, residence not known;
ISAAC SHEPERD, residence not known; THOMAS TURNER, Steubenville, O.; MOSES BROWN, colored Cabin Boy.
Slightly Scalded -- MR. CLANEY, Pittsburg, Penn.; C. L. THOMAS, residence not known; REV. LUTHER HALSEY, Pittsburg; MR. THOMAS TURNER'S brother, a lad about 10 years of age; MR. PHILIPS, of Pittsburg, was slightly hurt in attempting to jump through the window.
The boat was towed to Cincinnati the day after the accident, by another steam boat, and several of the wounded persons taken to the hospital.
The Cincinnati Gazette states that "the accident is imputed to the gross negligence of the engineer."

The Adams Sentinel Gettysburg Pennsylvania 1836-11-28