Wheeling, WV Steamboat TRI COLOR Explosion, Apr 1831
Wheeling, April 20.
Yesterday morning, about nine o'clock, while the Steam Boat TRI COLOR, Capt. DROWN, was about getting under way from the landing at this place, her boiler exploded, and threw its scalding contents forward. Capt. DROWN and a number of others who were on the fore part of the boat, were all swept overboard. Eight persons have lost their lives by the immediate effects of the explosion, or by drowning. Eight others were scalded very severely, and one of them dangerously. The body of the Captain has been found. The boiler was an old one, repaired four years ago; and the explosion is imputed by the Engineer to the omission of several bolts or rivets which were left out in making the repairs. With a boiler eighteen years old, of defective workmanship, this disaster must be chargeable to others, rather than to the Engineer.
The following is believed to be an accurate list of the sufferers:
Captain DROWN, dead.
OLIVER B. NEWLAND, 2d Engineer, missing.
JOSEPH WHISTLE, deck hand, do.
______ CHERRY, fireman, do.
RODNEY MILES, passenger, do.
LEVI STEWART, of Wheeling, do.
BEN. STEWART, cold' man of Wheeling, do.
Colored fireman name unknown, do.
CALVIN MARVIN, passenger, badly scalded and leg shattered.
JESSE FIELDS, passenger, scalded not dangerous.
WILLIAM BAILEY, deck hand, do. do.
NATHAN DAY, fireman, do. do.
JAMES BROWN, fireman, do. do.
ABSALOM SCOTT, fireman, do. do.
JOHN McCLEAN, printer of Wheeling and JOHN MATTOX, a passenger on the Mountaineer, standing on the wharf at the time of the explosion, were both severely scalded, but are not considered in danger. Several others who were standing at the same place narrowly escaped.
The Torch Light And Public Advertiser Hagerstown Maryland 1831-04-28