South Boston, MA Wharf Collapses, Jun 1896

From Courier Journal newspaper, Louisville, KY
dated Tuesday 30 June 1896


Four Killed and Thirteen Injured At South Boston

Boston, June 29. - Four boys were drowned and thirteen persons were hurt to-day by the collapse of Sheldon's wharf at Castle Island landing, 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 to 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 completely turned over, throwing seventy-five or eighty persons into the water. Many of the crowd were women and children.

The wildest excitement prevailed, but quick work by the rescuers, as well as the police on shore served to quiet the crowd.

The dead are: James J. Washburn, eleven years old; James F. Cole, nine years old; John A. Leary, aged thirteen; Lawrence McDowell, ten years old.

The injured are: Harry Sampson, Lillian Duffy, John Cahill, Nora Flaherty, Anne Duffy, Charles Brodie, Edward Feasgin, Lewis Flynn, Thomas Gillis, David Murphy and Joseph Murphy.