Bloomington, IA (near) Steamer DUBUQUE Wreck, Aug 1837


The steamer Dubuque collapsed a flue on her passage to Galena, on Tuesday morning last, at 3 o'clock, about 40 miles below Rock Island. Twenty-seven persons were killed and wounded; fifteen of them were buried at Bloomington, and one at Alton; four were brought to the Hospital in this city -- they were all deck passengers except four hands of the boat -- five or six were blown overboard. The boat took fire shortly afterwards, but the survivors succeeded in putting it out without doing much damage. The Dubuque was towed to this city by the steamer Smelter.
The following is a partial list of the sufferers:
JOHN LITTLETON, 2d engineer, badly wounded in the head by an iron, lived only 3 hours and died.
ISAAC DEAL, fireman, of Pittsburgh, dead.
FELIX POPE, fireman, Kaskaskia, dead.
CHARLES KELLY, deck hand, Ohio, injured.
NOAH OWEN, deck hand, Quincy, dead.
JESSE JOHNSON, cook, colored man, thrown overboard and drowned.
BENJ. MESSER, 2d cook, colored man, Cincinnati, O., died.
Deck Passengers:
JAMES C. CARR, St. Clair County, Illionis, dead.
GEO. McMURTRY, St. Clair County, Illinois, dead.
FRANCIS PLEASANT, St. Clair County, Illinois, colored, dead.
HENRY A. CARR, St. Clair County, Illinois, dead.
JAMES C. HAMILTON, Dubuque, dead.
JOSEPH BRADY, Dubuque, dead.
JOHN BOLAND, Dubuque, dead.
JOSIAH L. SAMS, Clay County, Illinois, dead.
L. B. SAMS, Clay County, Illinois, dead.
MARTIN SHOUGHNOHOY, St. Louis, injured.
GEORGE CLIX, Galena, dead.
MICHAEL SHOUGHNESSY and wife, with an infant, the two latter are dead.
DAVID FRANCOUR, Frenchman, dead.

Cincinnati, Aug 25.
Our account of the bursting of the boiler of this boat, with the consequent loss of lives, is confirmed by the arrival of the Smelter, this morning, and several passengers that were on the Dubuque. A lady passenger witnessed the suffering attendant on this accident, and attended to administrating to the wounded, informs us, that the accident occurred near Burlington, not Alton, upwards of three hundred miles above St. Louis. Nineteen were buried near the spot where the explosion occurred; four a short distance below; one at Alton; and two at St. Louis. In all, twenty-six. One female and her child, deck passengers were among the number. The conduct of the Captain of the Dubuque, in leaving them exposed on the deck, when wounded, is represented by our informant, as anything else but gentlemanly.

The Republican Compiler Gettysburg Pennsylvania 1837-09-05