Stellarton, NS Coal Mine Gas Explosion, Nov 1880
COAL MINE BLAST.
Halifax, N.S., November 12. -- About 2:30 this morning an explosion of gas occurred on the south side of Ford pit to the Stellarton. All the miners were at work in different borders. The explosion was so terrible as to sweep across to the other side of the pit, killing the men and horses within reach. Almost all the men on the north side will be saved, while all at work on the south side have been lost. At least sixty are missing. Five men have been brought up, and are likely to recover. Probably forty are shut up within the falling coal within the south side. The accident was presumably caused by some miner firing a shot in a forbidden part of the workings. The disaster occurred in the Ford pit, of the Albion mines. All who have come up are likely to live. A working party is down. There is not much hope for the safety of the thirty of forty-five known to be in the mine.
Stellarton reports only thirty or forty now in the part of the mine on fire. Another explosion is expected every moment.
MESSRS. HUDSON, GREENER, SIMPSON and POOLE, with other volunteers, have been down the pit in which the explosion occurred, and have come up again. They found it impossible to explore the south side for any distance, on account of after damp, there being no air through, as all the doors have been blown down by the blast. They found some bodies, but could not identify them. All the horses in the pit, twenty-nine, are dead. The number of men in the pit is said to be forty-four. It is feared another explosion will occur this afternoon, when the pit gathers gas again. Work is totally suspended at all the collieries in the country, and the miners have come to the scene of the accident in great numbers, but are altogether powerless to reder assistance, on account of the precariious condition of the pit. It is not known how the fire originated.
None from the side where the accident occurred are alive to tell the tale. Thirty-three of the missing men are married, and most have large families.
Decatur Daily Republican Illinois 1880-11-13
Listing of Fatalities from Stellarton Miners Memorial, Pictou County, Nova Scotia.
JAMES MITCHELL -- Manager.
RODERICK McKINNON, SR.
RODERICK McKINNON, JR.
JOHN MORRISON, SR.
JOHN MORRISON, JR.
EDWARD ROBERTS, SR.
EDWARD ROBERTS, JR.
WILLIAM B. ROSS.