Philadelphia, PA Steamer CITY OF TRENTON Boiler Explosion, Aug 1901

Many of the passengers, who escaped injury, maintain that the City of Trenton, which was late when she left her wharf in this city Wednesday, was racing at her topmost speed, and that if this had not been the case the accident would not have happened. This is partly borne out by a statement said to have been made by Assistant Engineer JOHN D. CHEW. CHEW told his wife that he expected to be killed by an explosion on the steamer as the company made the engineers keep up too high a pressure of steam.

Futile efforts have been made to get a statement from Chief Engineer MURPHY of the City of Trenton. He lives in Wilmington, Del., where he is now confined to his home. His relatives will not allow him to be seen, nor will they make a statement in his behalf. He is said to be in a delirious condition as a result of the explosion. It is believed by some of the officials who are investigating the disaster that MURPHY can satisfactorily explain the cause of the explosion.

Acting under instructions of the supervising inspector general of steam vessels at Washington, ROBERT B. RODIE, of New York, the supervising inspector for this district, came here yesterday and made a preliminary examination of the interior of the hull of the City of Trenton.

He was accompanied by officials of the company and local boiler inspectors. MR. RODIE, after the inspection, said he had not found the cause of the explosion, but had a theory as to how the accident happened. He would not say what his theory was. The port boiler lies at the bottom of the river some distance from where the steamer was beached, and an inspection of it is impossible.

The News Frederick Maryland 1901-08-30



Of the Nine Killed in the Explosion Near Philadelphia Two Were Charred Beyond Recognition - Fearful Roll of Those Who Are Missing.

By The Associated Press.
PHILADELPHIA, Pa., Aug. 29 - It developed to-day that the result of the boiler explosion on the steamer City of Trenton, while on her way up the Delaware River from this city to Trenton, N. J., yesterday afternoon, was more appalling than was at first supposed. Nine persons are known positively to be dead, at least nineteen are missing, most of whom are believed to have been on the steamer, and two of the nine who are injured and who are still in the hospital will probably die.

The Dead:
The identified dead are:
WILLIAM NELSON, aged 67 years, a veteran of the Civil War, Hampton, Va.
JAMES McCORMICK, 23 years, Wilmington, Del., fireman.
ELIZABETH GREEN, 21 years, Philadelphia.
WILLIAM DUNN, 38 years, Philadelphia.
ARTHUR R. T. LANSING, 14 years, Trenton, N. J.
WILLIAM H. KEEN, Philadelphia.
JESSIE STRATTON, Trenton, died in hospital.