St. Joseph's Island, LA (near) Explosion Of Steamer CERES, Oct 1862


From the New Orleans Delta, Oct. 1.
We are indebted to the politeness of MR. ALBERT PIERSON for the following account of the accident to the steamer CERES:
The steamer CERES left Ship Island at 3 P.M., Oct. 7, for Fort Pike and New Orleans, (Lake Pontchartrain,) with a light list of passengers and freight, working under a low head of steam, from 90 to 100 pounds, as her port boiler was leaking badly over the fires. She ran along slowly until twenty minutes to 6 o'clock, at which time we were just inside of St. Joseph's Island light-house, when our boilers exploded, carrying everything before them forward of the pilot house, killing the majority of the passengers and crew who were forward, instantly -- scalding frightfully the engineers on watch, and a portion of the crew in the deck room. We got our life boat and skiff overboard, in charge of the second mate and steersman, who succeeded in saving eight or ten of the survivors, and landed them on St. Joseph's Island. We also got our landing stage out from under the wreck on the forecastle, on which sever persons were able to sustain themselves, until the United States gunboat Calhoun providentially came to our rescue. Two others gave out from exhaustion just previous to the boat reaching us.
The yacht Gipsy, which was on her way to Ship Island, with Maj.-Gen. BUTLER on board, also put about, and came to our rescue on seeing the flames of our burning steamer, and rendered us all the assistance they were able, for which we cannot be too thankful, worn-out and nigh to perishing as the most of us were. We have lost twelve killed and drowned, and have twenty-one saved, some of whom are badly scalded and burned. Our thanks are hereby especially tendered to Capt. BUCHANAN, of the Calhoun, his officers and crew, who did all that men could do for our rescue and comfort.
My own thanks are especially due to MR. W. D. BROWN, Chief-Engineer of the Calhoun, and his assistants, for their unceasing attention to myself and the survivors of the crew.
For the survivors and crew.
U.S. Gunboat Calhoun, Lakeport, Oct. 8, 1862.

Crew and Passenger List of Steamer CERES, Oct. 7, 1862, so far as can be ascertained. -- Saved -- J. P. WINNER, clerk, badly wounded; ALFRED PIERSON, mate, uninjured; MICHAEL FOLEY, second mate, uninjured; WM. HOLMES, Chief Engineer, slightly wounded; R. JORDAN, Second Engineer, badly scalded -- died at 8 A.M., 8th; CHARLES PATTERSON, striker, badly scalded; JOHN SCHIER, striker, slightly wounded; JOHN LOCKWOOD, carpenter, uninjured; JOHN PETERS, steersman, uninjured; WILLILAM ROSENTHAL, cabin passenger, uninjured; CONRAD SCHMIDT, cabin passenger, wounded; PAUL BASMILOVICH, cabin passenger, wounded; P. M. LUMBY, cook, uninjured; LEWIS DUNN and WATT GUY, colored cabin hands, uninjured; DANIEL HAYES, fireman, uninjured; JOHN DONNELLY, deck hand, uninjured; DANIEL THOMAS, deck hand, wounded; THOS. WALSH, fireman, badly wounded; ANGELO PANDOLA, deck hand, badly wounded; FELIX RILEY, fireman, badly wounded -- since died.
Lost -- BERTHOLD ALBERTSON, pilot, killed by explosion; GEORGE C. GILPATRICK, second clerk, do.; GEORGE TORRY, passenger, do.; DANIEL DOUSE, colored steward, drowned; Lieut. SHERBORN, Thirteenth Maine, passenger, drowned; PETER FITZGERALD, fireman, killed by explosion; EDWARD LINN, deck hand, do.; _______ KELLY, deck hand, drowned; JOE QUEEN, colored, cook's helper, drowned; two others, crew of lugger, unknown, drowned; ANTONIO MALORE, Captain of lugger Liberty, drowned.

The New York Times New York 1862-10-24