Jersey City, NJ Ferry Boat Explosion, July 1824
Baltimore, July 15.
The New York papers received this morning, furnish an account of another unfortunate accident occasioined by the explosion of a steam boiler --
The Editor of the Commercial Advertiser says, that on Monday evening he went to Jersey City and saw the wreck of the ferry boat and learnt the following particulars:
About one o'clock, the boat arrived at the city of Jersey, from Courtland street dock, the passengers landed, and the men were employed in getting in wood, the steam at the moment discharging through the safety pipe, when the boiler, burst with an explosion which was heard in this city, and at Bergen and Hoboken. The boiler was seen to rise forty feet from the deck when it exploded, and the fragments flew from 10 to 30 feet from the boat, destroying all the wood work with which they came in contact. MISS CHARLOTTE NELSON, about 19 years old, an adopted daughter of Mr. Peter V. Ledyard, of this city, was driven against the bulkhead, and was instantly killed -- her brains having been forced out. The engineer was not on board when the accident occurred. The pilot, MR. WILLIAM WEST, was just stepping from the boat to the wharf, but had not got far enough to escape the boiling water, whith which he, together with a colored boy, was scalded -- MR. W. severely. No person can account for the accident, unless the boiler and pipes were choaked with salt. The boiler was nearly new; and the furnace of 3-8 copper, was supposed to be one of the best in the Port of New York.
The Torch Light And Public Advertiser Hagerstown Maryland 1824-07-20