Philadelphia, PA Tugboat HENRY C. SPRATT Explosion, Mar 1882


Philadelphia, Pa., March 23. -- The tug-boat, Henry C. Spratt, exploded its boiler this morning, killing four men.
GEORGE SCULLY, the Captain, was blown over the top of houses situated on Water Street.
The dead bodies of BARNARD McCANN and PATRICK FLANAGAN, firemen, and a man named MALONEY, have been recovered. JOHN LYONS, the engineer, and two others are missing. Immediately following the explosion flames broke out in all directions.
Pier No. 8, occupied as the passenger and freight station of the Philadelphia & Atlantic City Railroad, took fire and was destroyed.
The tug Ella Lynch at the wharf, also took fire and sank after being well burned.
Windows were shattered in all directions for squares. Three dead bodies were found. The front of the ferry house building was blown out and the watchman came near losing his life.

Weekly Santa Barbara Press California 1882-04-01