Philadelphia, PA Steamer S. M. FELTON Explosion, Aug 1885
DONE BY DYNAMITE.
TERRIBLE EXPLOSION ON BOARD THE PHILADELPHIA AND WILMINGTON STEAMER FELTON.
THE EXPLOSIVE PLACE BY SOME MISCREANT DIRECTLY IN THE HEAD OF THE BOILER.
An explosion occurred on the steamer S. M. Felton just after she had left her dock this morning on her trip to Wilmington, Del. As she was opposite Pier No. 8, south wharves, the passengers and crew were startled by an explosion which shook the boat from stem to stern, and when the smoke cleared away it was found that the entire forward part of the vessel above the water-line had been badly damaged and a number of passengers injured, some of them severely. The pilot house and the entire upper deck were lifted and fell to the lower deck. The bow presented a scene of complete wreck. Tugs proceeded at once to the injured vessel, and with the assistance of the police tug William S. Stokley, which was lying near by, at once proceeded to remove the injured. The ambulance of the Pennsylvania Hospital soon arrived and took most of the injured to that institution. The list of wounded numbers sixteen, as follows:
JESSE BRADLEY, of Philadelphia, ankle dislocated.
J. B. CHESTER, of Chester, side injured.
GEO. COCKAINE, of Philadelphia, back and thigh hurt by falling woodwork.
SAMUEL COOPER, of Frankford, hurt about the chest and head.
GEORGE ERWIN, a deck-hand, severely injured in the side.
JAMES E. McDONALD, a child, of Chester, leg broken.
SILAS REED, of Philadelphia, slightly injured.
GEORGE MITCHELL, deck-hand, of Bridgeton, N.J., right hand severely cut and ankle sprained.
JOHN McCUSKER, passenger, injured about the breast.
EDWARD SPEAR, of Philadelphia, injured internally -- it is thought he will die.
JOHN STEVENSON, of Camden, N.J., slightly injured.
CHARLES QUINLAN, of Philadelphia, badly bruised about the body.
JAMES VALENTINE, of Wilmington, Del., engineer of the Felton, cut about the head by flying glass.
JOHN L. VANTINE, of Chester, Pa., complicated dislocation of ankle.
EDWARD YOUNG, of Wilmington, Del., fireman of the Felton, injured about head and face.
GEORGE L. WILSON, the engineer, who was standing on the wharf when the explosion occurred, was thrown backward over a bench, and sustained injuries of the right wrist.
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