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Providence, RI Dredging Machine Boiler Explosion, Oct 1885

KILLED BY A BOILER EXPLOSION.

PROVIDENCE, R. I., Oct. 23.--At 2 o'clock this afternoon the boiler of a dredging machine, which has been at work in Stonington Harbor for several weeks, exploded, instantly killing Capt. Henry Sheffield, of the stream yacht Firefly, and injuring Thomas Colbert, Grove White, and Stephen R. Burdick. White and Burdick are badly scalded, but they are not thaught{sic} to be fatally injured. Colbert, besides being scalded, is cut about the head, and his injuries are regarded as serious. At the moment of the explosion Capt. Sheffield was stepping from the dredge to his yacht. His body was shockingly mutilated. The boiler had been in use about five years, and was supposed to be in good condition. It was hurled over the yacht Firefly by the force of the explosion and fell into the water. The top of the dredger was blown away. Capt. Sheffield had been employed by the Providence and Stonington Steamboat Company for many years. He was 47 years old, and leaves a widow and two children.

The New York Times, New York, NY 24 Oct 1885

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