Parkersburg, WV (near) Steamboat MOTTO Explosion, Aug 1836

Baltimore August 16.

We learn from a passenger, who was on board at the time, that the steamboat MOTTO, while on her passage up the Ohio River, collapsed her flues on Tuesday afternoon last at the foot of Blannerhasset's Island, four miles below Parkersburg, Va. (Transcriber's Note: Now West Virginia) The explosion was fearfully fatal in its effects upon the passengers and hands on board.
When our informant left, there were ten persons known to be dead, and five more not expected to survive; besides which, several were missing, supposed to have been lost. Among those killed, as our informant states, was a young man by the name of ADAMS, of Pennsylvania, who had just finished his education and was returning to his parents. This was the first trip of the Motto up the Ohio. The cause assigned for this fatal calamity is that the boat struck a bar and was foiled in her effort to ascend; and in the act of making a second effort to surmount the obstruction, her engineer is reported to have declared that she should go over or burst her boiler -- the latter alternative was unhappily realized; and in the waste of human life which ensued, the fate of the engineer himself was sealed -- he being among those who were instantly killed by the explosion.

Those in the cabin escaped uninjured with a single exception. A young man by the name of WM. F. ADAMS, a graduate of Augusta College, was returning to his relatives in Hollidaysburg, Pa.
-- he happened to be on the second deck, and was killed instantly, also two engineers. About 20 persons were badly scalded, and when I left, which was at 12 o'clock on Monday, 9 of them had died, making with the 3 persons instantly killed, 12 lives lost. Three others were not expected to live 12 hours. Several were blown into the water without receiving any serious injury. There were on board 50 cabin, and about 20 deck passengers.

The Republican Compiler Gettysburg Pennsylvania 1836-08-23


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