Cincinnati, OH Steamer PHAETON Explodes In Race, June 1881



Cincinnati, June 28. -- The steamer PHAETON, while racing with the steamer Handy this afternoon, at 1 o'clock, exploded her boilers, and the boat was torn to pieces. The chimneys of the Handy were blown off. The accident happened four miles up the river from here. Both boats were filled with passengers. Following are the names of the killed: CASH NAYLOR, engineer, of Manchester, Ohio; SAMUEL REYNOLDS, porter, Maysville; JOSEPH CARR, deck-hand, (colored,) Maysville, and JOSEPH MILLER, deck-sweeper. A passenger whose name is unknown is also supposed to have been lost. Among the injured are D. B. SMITH, of Cincinnati; BASCOM COOPER, of Manchester; MR. McARTHUR, of Chicago; TIM SEEVERS, fireman, (fatally;) JOHN CONN, of Marietta. Most of those injured were only slightly hurt. The PHAETON was a small side-wheel steamer, valued at $5,000, in local trade between Vanceburg and Manchester.
A special to the Commercial from Maysville says:
"The steamer Wildwood, which went to the relief of the steamer PHAETON when she exploded her boilers, has returned, bringing all that could be ascertained concerning the accident. The PHAETON and Handy left Maysville together and began racing. When the PHAETON'S boilers exploded the steamers were in the middle of the river and close together. The direction of the explosion was to the rear, and this saved the passengers, who were mainly in the front cabin. Everything above the water line of the boat was completely torn off. The Handy, although disabled by having her chimneys knocked down, went on up the river, taking several passengers who were hurt and whose names are not known. MR. McARTHUR, a Chicago salesman, was badly hurt, and is at the hotel at Maysville. JOSEPH TORRENS, a commercial traveler from Pittsburg, was blown into the river and lost his valise, but was himself rescued. The unknown passenger who is supposed to have been lost is a lady who got aboard in the Fifth Ward, Maysville. The cabin register being lost, it is difficult to tell whether all the casualties are known.

The New York Times New York 1881-06-29