South Boston, MA Wharf Collapse, June 1896

WENT DOWN WITH THE WHARF.

QUICK WORK OF RESCUERS SAVED SCORES FROM DEATH.

Boston, June 30. -- Four boys were drowned and 13 persons were badly hurt yesterday by the collapse of Sheldon's wharf, South Boston. The citizens were celebrating Farragut day and a large crowd was on the wharf, attracted by the offer of free passage to the island. The boat Ella was about to make fast at the wharf when the hundred or more on the small landing surged at the outer side. Immediately that side went down into eight feet of water and turned over, throwing 75 or 80 persons into the water. Many of the crowd were women and children. The wildest excitement prevailed, but quick work by rescuers as well as by the police on shore served to quiet the crowd.
The dead are:
JAMES J. WASHBURN, 11 years old.
JAMES F. COLE, 9 years old.
JOHN A. LEARY, 13 years old.
LAWRENCE McDOWELL, 10 years old.

Carroll Sentinel Iowa 1896-06-30