Vicksburg, MS Steamer HARVEY BROWN Explosion, May 1896
BOILERS OF A BOAT EXPLODE.
BOTTOM REACHED IN LESS THAN FIVE MINUTES AFTERWARDS.
WRECK MOST COMPLETE.
ELEVEN LIVES LOST AND MANY PERSONS INJURED.
HEROIC WORK BY THE CREW OF A BOAT IN THE NEAR VICINITY ALONE PREVENTS THE DISASTER FROM BEING MUCH MORE SERIOUS THAN IS NOW REPORTED -- CAUSE OF THE EXPLOSION WILL NEVER BE KNOWN.
Louisville, May, 11. -- A special from Vicksburg, Miss., says:
One of the most terrible river disasters of recent years occurred last night about twenty-five miles below this city. The boay, Harvey Brown, of Pittsburg, upward bound, from New Orleans, exploded her boilers at 11 o'clock. The boat was a complete wreck and sank in less than five minutes. Eleven lives are known to be lost including:
WILLIAM BARTLETT, steersman.
WILLIAM DOUGHERTY, chief engineer.
MISS ANNIE C. HESS, chambermaid.
TONI JUDGE, fireman.
WILLIAM WILSON, fireman.
First Mate WILLIAM FITZSIMMONS.
Second Mate PAT CARNIFF.
WILLIAM KELLY, lamp trimmer.
FRANK ADRIAN, of Cincinnati and JOHN WAGNER, of Louisville, are reported missing.
The survivors and also the wounded were brought to this city on the Hanschell. Six of the officers and crew of the Brown are in the marine ward of the Vicksburg Hospital, as follows:
Captain JOHN KIME, hip seriously injured.
WILLIAM GRIMME, carpenter, leg broken.
_____ HARDY, fireman, badly scalded and otherwise seriously injured.
DENNIS J. LUMEY, second engineer, badly scalded and injured internally, will probably die.
Two deck hands, names unknown.
Pilot DRAVO, who was lost, was of Pittsburg and a most excellent man, whose death will be greatly regretted. The bodies of the three dead men, who were brought here, and have been embalmed will be sent to their homes. The tow boat Hanschell was so near the scene when the explosion occurred, that her yawls were lowered at once and were promptly manned and saved many lives that would have been lost if it had not been for their prompt service.
Captain KIME, the master of the Brown, although seriously injured, remained on the after part of the cab inthe roof of the Brown, where he had been blown by the explosion. He was seen this morning by a reporter and said: "The after part of the cabin floated off from the hull, and as it sank to the bottom of the river I directed the efforts of the men who were at work rescuing the boat's crew."
"Myself and Pilot DAN KANE were in the pilot house when the explosion occurred. It would be impossible for anyone to tell how many of the boilers exploded, as the darkness prevented anyone seeing anything."
"I noticed that the hull went down in less than a minute. I have no blame to attach to anyone as the cause of the explosion will never be known, as the chief engineer WILLIAM DAUGHERTY, who was on watch, was lost."
The officers and boat's crew speak in great praise of the officers and crew of the steamer St. Joseph who contributed clothing and other substantials. Captain KIME expects to shend the crew of the Brown to their homes by rail. The coroner here held an inquest on the dead bodies and returned a verdict of accidental death.
Salt Lake Herald Utah 1896-05-12