Carrolton, LA Steamer ANGLO NORMAN Explodes, Dec 1850
FULL PARTICULARS OF THE EXPLOSION OF THE ANGLO NORMAN.
From the N. O. Crescent, of the 14th.
New Orleans has again been visited by one of those terrible steamboat explosions which so frequently occurs on the river -- and a general gloom pervades the city. The new low-pressure ANGLO NORMAN, built entirely in New Orleans, under the superintendence of her commander, Capt. REINHARDT, and recently placed in the trade, left our wharf about 12 o'clock on a pleasure excursion up the river, with a large party of invited guests on board. Among them were a number of our principal citizens and ship owners, and several gentlemen from the North. Including the crew, there were supposed to be about one hundred persons on board. The boat proceeded up the river some thirty or forty miles, and then turned again towards the city.
At a little past 2 o'clock, dinner was announced. At a little past 3 o'clock the immense boiler exploded with a terrific report, carrying away the whole of the boiler deck, and enveloping every thing forward with steam. All the upper works forward of the main gangway were completely demolished. The cabin floor was raised up, and the upper part of the starboard wheelhouse blown off. Those who were standing on deck were blown in the air, together with fragments of the wreck, in all directions, and precipitated into the river. The sight is represented by those who escaped unhurt to have been horrible. The explosion took place at 9 mile point, a short distance above Carrolton. Fortunately the steamer Naniope was near at hand, on her way up the river. Her captain immediately rounded to and came alongside the A. N. Himself as well as his officers did all in their power to rescue those who were in the water, and alleviate the sufferings of those who were on board.
The wounded passengers, with one or two exceptions, were taken on the "Naniope," and brought to this city. The Job boat Creole, soon arrived, took the wreck in tow, and brought her down with the remainder of the passengers to the U. S. Marine Hospital, where such of the officers and crew as were injured were immediately taken. The NORMAN was made fast at this place and the passengers came over to town in the ferry boat. The confusion, excitement and numerous rumors consequent on such a catastrophe, it is impossible to obtain all the particulars, and we are unable to say how many lives are lost. Several persons are missing, who may have been picked up and taken ashore by skiff, where the explosion took place.
But it is painfully certain that many who were on board will never be found. Among the missing and supposed to have been killed, as he was seen going into the air, amidst fragments of the deck is MR. JAMES BEELE, one of our oldest and most enterprising citizens. His lady, on board together with her two children, escaped safe.
The Ladies who were on board escaped without injury, as also Capt. REINHARDT.
The cause of the explosion, appears as yet, to be involved in mystery. We were informed that but about five minutes before the explosion, there were only 23 inches of steam on, and the boiler was calculated to sustain a much greater pressure. We have heard no opinion expressed on the subject, but we presume the matter will be investigated, as there is a large number of practical engineers on board at the time of the explosion.
Liberty Weekly Tribune Missouri 1851-01-03
(Transcriber's Note: I was able to find a total of 100 dead in this disaster, in other sections.)