Philadelphia, PA flood, Jan 1905


Mill Properties and Wharves Sustained Much Damage - Subway Bridge Pier Work Carried Away - Steamer Ceylon Aground

The heavy floods which raged in the Delaware and Schuylkill Rivers for thirty-six hours, innundating the banks and causing considerable damage to neary-by property, abated somewhat yesterday. The masses of jagged ice which filled both rivers on Saturday were all carried out, and although both bodies of water were higher than normal, rivermen declared that the danger point was past.

The high water in the Schuylkill River did considerable damage to the Market street subway operations. Near the eastern bank of the river a gang of men had been employed in sinking one of the piers for the new bridge for the subway system. Staging had been constructed from the river bank to the pier, by means of which the workmen went to and from the shore. The force of the torrent carried this staging completely away, and it will have to be built anew in order to complete the work.

Along both banks of the Schuylkill, below Fairmount Dam, the water reached the wharves in many places, but the amount that overflowed was slight, and but little damage was done.

Swept Steamer From Wharf

The steamship Ceylon, which was discharging its cargo at Harrison's wharf, on the east bank of the river near Gray's Ferry bridge, broke away from her moorings and was driven aground on the opposite shore of the stream. Four tugs struggled to liberate the vessel, but their efforts were not successful. The Ceylon was not seriously damaged.

That the water in the Schuylkill River had receded considerably is evidenced by the fact that whereas seven feet of water was going over Fairmount Dam on Saturday, the quantity was only two feet yesterday afternoon. The water forced its way into several of the boat houses on Saturday, but the damage done was insignificant. Several slips in front of the houses were washed away.

The Delaware was almost down to its normal level yesterday. Many of the proprietors of stores along Delaware avenue who were forced to remove their goods owing to the encroachment of the river on Saturday brought back their wares yesterday.

Mill employes in the various large establishments at Manayunk anxiously awaited the water's fall. By noon yesterday it had receded several feet, leaving the basements of the mills into which it had intruded. Employes went to work in the various mills, and the cellars were cleaned in preparation for the resumption of work to-day.

The Philadelphia Inquirer, Philadelphia, PA 9 Jan 1905