Philadelphia, PA Ferry Boat NEW JERSEY Fire, Mar 1856
FREDERICK HERRING, a man about fifty years of age, had his head and hands badly burned and his body bruised. He was picked out of the water in a senseless condition, and taken to Barr's Hotel. MR. H. is a resident of Chew's Landing, and was going to Camden to visit a friend.
THOMAS DUDLEY, Esq., of Camden, was an hour and a half in the water before being taken out in a small boat.
MR. EDWARDS, of Camden, was struck by a paddle-wheel and cut on the cheek.
MR. CRISPIN, of Camden, cut on the head by the wheel and burned about the head.
MR. NAGLE, of Camden, had his hands badly burned. He remained on the steamboat until within a few feet of Arch street wharf.
GODFREY OSTENHART, of Camden, was badly burned.
MR. STERN, of Camden, was burned on the back. Himself and wife were saved by jumping on the ice.
HENRY LELARGE, thirty-eight years of age, resided in Fourth street, near Taylor's avenue.
Has a wife and three children, was a cigar maker, and worked for Mr. Vetterlein, North Second street, Philadelphia.
MISS ELIZABETH FULLERTON, twenty years of age, resided in Broadway, Cooper's Hill, Camden. Her father is FRANCIS FULLERTON, hat finisher. Before this young lady reached the water she is said to have uttered the most piteous cries for help, and fell exhausted overboard.
MYER REINBACK, German, a barber by trade, and doing business in Camden.
ALBERT ROBINSON, residing in Camden, and a girl residing in his house.
GODFREY ELSINHART, German, resident of Camden.
A colored man from South Camden, named REYLEY, is also missing.
MISS MERCY E. MASSEY, aged sixteen years, a resident of Camden. Her father was at the Market street Ferry yesterday, much distressed.
A young man named WM. YOUNG held on to the rolling of the boat until his hand was burned so badly that he was compelled to jump overboard, and after swimming for some time, was picked up by a small boat.
A German was taken off the paddle-box, his hair was singed and his coat burned. He had a bag of bread with him, which he had held on to, and took it home none the worse for the accident.
The excitement along the river front yesterday was great, hundreds of persons were standing on the wharves, and crossing at the Market street ferry to get a glimpse of the ill-fated steamer, which is sunk on a bar above the old Water Works wharf, nothing being visible but one of the paddle-boxes and the walking-beam.
MRS. JOSEPHINE FIDELL, eighteen years of age, was savid in a small boat sent out from a schooner. One of the men in the boat saw her floating under the surface of the water, and diving down brought her up. She was taken to Cullin's Susquehanna hotel, corner water and Vine streets' injured about the face and arms. When the destruction of the steamer was found to be inevitable, her father, MR. JOHN FIDELL, secured a rope and tied it to one of the stancheons, in the hope that should it fall into the river, it would be the means of saving their lives. They stayed on board until the fire became too hot to remain longer, and then jumped with the rope, to which they clung until the flames burned it off. MISS F. then lost her father, and has not heard of him since. She resides in South Camden, where her friends took her yesterday morning.
A young man living in Thirteenth street, above Cherry, was picked up by Capt. ROBINSON, THOMAS O'DONNELL and another man who had a boat, and did great service in rescuing the afflicted from watery graves. They brought eight men and two women ashore in their boat. This young man is said to be a clerk in Comly's store. His neck, hands and face are badly burned. His coat was burned off his back. He was taken home by one of his rescuers.
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