Racine, WI Steamer E. M. PECK Boiler Explosion, June 1913
STEAMER BOILER BLAST KILLS FOUR.
DEATH AND INJURY FOLLOWS GIANT BLAST IN STEAMER.
HUGE BOILER IS HURLED 200 FEET THROUGH THE AIR.
W. E. ANDREWS, Chief Engineer, Huron, Ohio.
N. DOWNS, Firemen, all believed to be of Toledo.
BERNHARD J. H. SCHWENSEN, Sandusky, Ohio, second engineer.
GEORGE TURCHI, watchman, Toledo, Ohio.
EDWARD YOUNG, oiler, Sandusky, Ohio.
The explosion caused the total destruction of the steel and wood steamer E. M. Peck, managed by the W. T. Richardson Company, and valued at $25,000. The cause of the explosion is not known. All men who were in the engine and boiler rooms were killed.
Yesterday afternoon orders were given to clean one of the boilers and it is claimed that this morning there was no water in that boiler.
Twenty stevedores engaged in the unloading of the steamer's cargo of coal, decided to walk from the lower to the upper docks and that alone saved their lives. The explosion followed just a few minutes after the men had left the steamer.
The boiler was thrown high into the air and then carried through the walls of the Baumann & Murphy coal docks crashing huge timbers as though they were pipe stems.
Heavy iron beams, pieces of steel plate, timbers, cabins and other parts of the boat were carried distances of hundreds of feet.
MR. and MRS. HINKLE of Toledo, Ohio, were in the aft cabin at the time of the explosion and escaped without injury.
Men in the yards of the Wisconsin Gas and Electric company were working on the docks, abreast of the steamer when it exploded, and although timbers, steel beams and other debris were carried about them, none was injured. D. E. Callender, manager of the Wisconsin Gas and Electric Company, had a narrow escape from being killed when a sheet of steel dropped within a foot of where he was standing in the company's yards.
Every person who was in or near the stern of the steamer excepting Mr. and Mrs. Hincle, were killed or injured.
Racine Journal News Wisconsin 1913-06-11