Lynchburg, TX Explosion Of Steamer BAYOU CITY, Sept 1860
THE EXPLOSION OF THE STEAMER BAYOU CITY.
In Galveston papers of the 28th and 29th ult. we find accounts of the dreadful disaster which befell the steamboat BAYOU CITY, Capt. FORREST, on the night of the 27th. She was bound from Galveston to Houston and when about to make a landing at Lynchburg, her boilers burst with terrific explosion and fearful result.
The boat left Galveston about 6 1/2 o'clock in the evening. The explosion occurred about 12 3/4 o'clock in the morning. The centre boiler was the one that exploded, and blew up at the top. The first engineer had just gone forward, and was scolding the firemen and their stokers for not getting up steam enough, as they were making slow time. The boilers were new, having, with the boat, been about six months in use. They were cleaned out on the last trip to Houston.
The following is a list of the killed and wounded, as far as ascertained:
THOMAS A. WESTROPE, steward; JOHN COOLIDGE, second clerk; JOHNSON, negro fireman, belonging to Capt. FORREST; BEN, negro fireman, belonging to MR. McLANE; NED FORBES, negro, belonging to MRS. SHAW, of Richmond; LEWIS and GEORGE, negroes, belonging to MR. T. JOHNSON, of Boonville, drowned.
Capt. FORREST, slightly scalded; WM. WHITSON, first engineer, leg broken and arm badly hurt; J. McGARVEY, mate, slightly scalded; W. DWYER, first pilot, slightly hurt; MR. CALLOWAY, of Georgia, foot slightly injured; Capt. HALL, of Cold Springs, badly injured; ALECK, third cook, belonging to the PILANT estate, badly hurt; HENRY, fireman, belonging to MR. DWYER; MILTON, assistant steward, belonging to MR. W. R. BAKER, hands and face scalded; JIM and GARRISON, stokers, belonging to Capt. STERRETT, badly hurt; IKE, belonging to MR. JOHNSON, of Boonville.
Capt. HALL died the night after the accident. MR. IRVINE, who is supposed to have junped overboard and drowned, was late Speaker of the Georgia House of Representatives.
MR. HEWES, of New Orleans, son of the President of the Opelousas Railroad, was on board, and escaped uninjured. He lost a negro boy named FRANK, not mentioned in the above list.
There were a number of ladies on board, but none were injured, though a large piece of red hot iron was driven into the ladies' cabin.
The following is the passenger list of the BAYOU CITY:
MRS. JOHNSON; C. W. HURLEY and lady; MRS. SANDERSON; COL. SHARP and lady; MRS. DARDEN; MISS SUSAN FULLER; GEO. TRAHUE and lady; R. D. BROWN, lady and five children; Capt. HALL; ____ LEWIS; _____ LEWIS; HUTCHINSON; J. R. OGILVIE; WATTS; BAILOU; NOLAN; O. L. BATTLE; JOSIAH T. IRVINE; P. CALLOWAY; S. McJENKIN; JAS. BENTLEY; R. JOHNSON; FISHER; W. THOMPSON; WM. HUNTER; BUTLER; HUGHS; J. E. LEWIS; F. VAN HARTEN; ED BEARD; S. GREGORY; R. W. SCOTT; A. M. PATTEN; W. H. CRUTEHER; J. A. FISHER; LLOYD; J. N. SNEDEEOR; ROWLEY; D. L. BYNAM; S. P. JONES; G. B. MITCHELL; McFARLAND; nine negroes belonging to T. J. IRVINE.
There was no list of deck passengers, and the precise number is not known, nor is it known whether any were lost.
The New York Times New York 1860-10-10