Lawrenceburg, IN Steamer Fanny Fern Fire, Jan 1858
Capt. WOODWARD was standing upon the starboard guard talking with MR. THOMPSON, the mate, and was blown by the explosion into the river, and has not since been seen. He was undoubtedly drowned. The mate was thrown against the railing, to which he held on until he recovered from the concussion, and immediately got out the life boat and made an effort to save the passengers, in which he was fortunately successful.
The first clerk, ALFRED J. ROGERS, and the second clerk, HARVEY DRUM, both of Pittsburgh, were in the office over the boilers, and both were thrown a distance of about 60 yards into the river and were picked up by the life boat and conveyed to the Indiana shore. MR. ROGERS had his face, hands and feet very severely scalded, and DR. FISHBACK, who attends him at the Broadway Hotel, thinks he is injured internally. MR. DRUM was scalded on the face, hands and arms, but less severely. He is also at the Broadway.
A widow lady and child, whose name is not known, on her way from St. Louis to some place about fifty-six miles back of Maysville, who came on board at Louisville, were drowned. After the heat was in flames, the mother rushed to the stern of the boat, fastened the child to her person, and jumped into the river. She had been deserted by her husband in Missouri, and had been given a free passage to enable her to reach her friends. Both mother and child sand and were seen no more.
The chambermaid, HANNAH THOMAS, from Allegheny, Pa., was blown out of the boat with a part of the cabin a considerable distance into the air, and was seen to fall into the river, and was drowned.
A MR. and MRS. MURPHY, of Pennsylvania, a new married couple, on their way to their residence, were both drowned. MRS. M. was seen upon the stern of the boat, terribly frightened and uncontrollable, and finally jumped into the river. Her husband, who was standing by her side, followed to rescue her, but in the effort to secure a floating plank both sunk to the bottom, locked in each other's arms.
ANDREW J. KIRKPATRICK, a cabin passenger, was slightly scalded on the back of the neck and right arm, but is able to walk about. He is at the Broadway.
W. SCOTT, the pilot at the wheel at the time of the explosion, fell amongst the ruins of the wheelhouse to the lower deck, but escaped with but slight injuries.
MR. WILSON, a deck passenger, and Englishman, on his way to Canada, was blown into the river and drowned.
MR. and MRS. HARRISON, cabin passengers, from Tennessee, were thrown into the river, but were saved by the life-boat.
DAVID MILLER and JOHN KING, two of the crew, were thrown into the river by the explosion, but were saved.
JOHN HULL, the carpenter of the boat, was blown overboard, but received no injuries. He succeeded in reaching a floating door, and was successful in swimming ashore.
JAMES MALOY, MICHAEL DONAHUE and JOHN ________, (the latter boarded at widow Moloy's in Pittsburgh,) all deck hands, are supposed to be drowned, as nothing has been heard of them since the explosion.
The porter of the boat, JAMES ANDERSON, aged about 24 years, from Xenia, is also missing, as is the pantryman, JAMES ZAVANAUGH, from Pittsburgh.
Two firemen, both colored, THOMAS WALKER and ROBERT RIDDLE, are known to be lost. WALKER was drowned, and RIDDLE killed by the explosion.
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