Lawrenceburg, IN Steamer Fanny Fern Fire, Jan 1858
ROSWELL BEACH, a watchman, was standing on the starboard side of the boat, and was thrown overboard, but subsequently made his way to the shore.
All the persons who are known to be saved from the wreck were conveyed to the Indiana shore, and the train of the Ohio and Mississippi Railroad coming along soon after, the injured, scalded, and escaped passengers and crew were conveyed to this city, and properly cared for. Many of the deck passengers who, fortunately were uninjured, took passage on board the Hazel Dell, to their various points of destination. Others remained in the city, in charge of friends, or as public charities.
THE SCALDED AT THE COMMERCIAL HOSPITAL ---
One of our reporters visited the Commercial Hospital last evening, and found therin four of the passengers of the unfortunate Fanny Fern. The first was HENRY M. CASEY, of Philadelphia, where his wife resides, who was a cabin passenger; scalded pretty severely.
JOHN FLYNN, on his way from St. Louis to Philadelphia, a shoemaker by trade, aged about 25 years; hands and face badly scalded.
WM. PAUL, a cabin passenger on the Fern, a resident of Canada West, on his way to Cincinnati from St. Louis. He was in his state-room, dressing, and in an instant found himself among the wreck and rubbish. He succeeded in gaining the shore, badly scalded.
JOHN W. KERR, a canal boatman from Allegheny, Pennsylvania, got on board at Louisville to go to Pittsburgh; his friends reside at Braddock's Field. He was sitting in the cabin talking to another gentlemen, and had just remarked that is seemed as though the steamer was getting pretty hot, when the explosion occurred. He is horribly scalded all over the body, head, and face, a presents a most painful appearance. There is barely a possible chance for him to survive his injuries.
HENRY W. CASEY was lying in his berth in the cabin, on the upper deck, at the time of the explosion. In an instant after he found himself on the boiler deck, surrounded and partly covered with the ruins of the cabin. He managed to extricate himself and succeeded in getting into a boat, which conveyed him to the shore. He was scalded all over the body, feet, face, and head; his eyebrows were badly burned, and a severe wound inflicted upon his head.
The explosion of the boilers scattered the fire from the furnace, and in a few minutes the boat was in flames. The passengers who were uninjured ran wildly about, and several jumped overboard and were drowned, while others were picked up by the small boats and conveyed to the shore. Those who were saved describe the scene as one of great consternation, the passengers who were not thrown overboard running about shrieking and screaming in the wildest manner.
Philadelphia Press 1858-02-01