Gulf of Mexico, TX (Off Shore) Steamer ANN CHASE Explosion, July 1847
ACCIDENT TO THE UNITED STATES STEAMER ANN CHASE, AND LOSS OF LIFE.
We learn (says the Chronicle of Saturday) from the New Orleans Bulletin of the 22d, that this fine new boat, lately built in this city, under the superintendence of, and commanded by Capt. HARRISON, had one of her boilers burst, which exploded on the 12th inst., in the Gulf of Mexico, about 15 miles north of the Sabine River, and about two miles from shore, killing two men, dangerously wounding four, and slightly scalding two or three others. Col. W. A. GORMAN and staff were on board at the time of the explosion, together with companies A and B of the 4th regiment Indiana volunteers. The ANN CHASE made Galveston on the morning of the 14th without, further accident, with all the volunteers except about 60 men, who landed the morning after the accident. They were expected at Galveston about the 15th, to join their companies on their way to Brazos.
It is said that Col. GORMAN displayed great presence of mind when the explosion occurred, and by his appeals to all on board -- his well known voice giving the word "steady, men: keep cool," prevented many from jumping overboard.
Merchants Ex. Reporter.
The Sandusky Clarion Ohio 1847-08-10