Ohio River, WV Towboat KATE LYONS Sinking, Mar 1942


Wheeling, W. Va., March 16 -- (AP) -- Eight or nine persons were believed to have perished today in the sinking of the towboat Kate Lyons in the swollen Ohio River. One body was washed ashore several miles downstream at Wegee, Ohio.
Thirteen persons were accounted for to hospitals here and at Bellaire, Ohio, after the southbound steel towboat crashed into a Baltimore and Ohio Railroad bridge pier five miles below Wheeling.
The time of the sinking was fixed at 4:14 p.m. Nearly two hours later the body of a man came ashore at Wegee and an undertaker at Bellaire, eight miles distant, dispatched an ambulance to the scene.
Workmen began dragging the stream in the vicinity for others believed to have lost their lives.
The towboat sank within 10 minutes, while the barges, carrying a cargo of steel from Pittsburgh, broke away and floated downstream.
The Kate Lyons, described as one of the most modern of towboats, was owned by the Lyons Transportation company of Pittsburgh.
The boat was hurled into the second pier from the Ohio side of the river between Bellaire, Ohio, and Benwood, W. Va., by the swirling stream, swollen to seven feet flood stage by heavy rains.

Greeley Daily Tribune Colorado 1942-03-17