Galveston, TX (Off Coast) Steamer FARMER Explosion, Mar 1853
Of the crew saved without injury are three negroes of THOMAS WESTROP; one do. of MRS. GARDINER; one do. COL JOHN MANLY; one do.
of CAPT. BROWN; second cook, name not known. FRITZ, a German, was wounded; also, another German was slightly hurt.
These make fourteen of the crew saved, provided wounded all recover.
MESSRS. McREYNOLDS, DIXON, HALE and HUNTER are all considered in a very critical condition.
Passengers killed, whose bodies have been found, eight; officers and crew killed, thirteen.
Passengers escaped, including wounded, twenty; adding to these eight killed, and supposing, according to the best information, that the total number of passengers was forty-five, we have seventeen others missing and consequently killed making the total number of souls lost thirty-six.
Further -- The steamer Star State again returned from the wreck of the Farmer at 2 1/2 o'clock this afternoon, bringing the bodies of CAPT. WEBB; THOS. PRITCHARD, clerk; A. F. DUNLEY, carpenter, and a German, (name unkonwn,) who was a passenger. Three of these bodies were found by grappling about sixty yards ahead of the wreck. It is known that there are five others killed, whose bodies have not been recovered. One of these, the second engineer, it is supposed was blown to atoms, as the bricks of the furnace were scattered with much apparent force in the direction of his usual position.
It is believed that but a small amount of money was in the clerk's charge, as the safe which MR. PRITCHARD, the second clerk, had formerly held the key of, was sold in Houston, and MR. JOHN, the chief clerk of the Farmer, remained here on her last trip, and held the key of the other. As the second clerk had then no safe into which to deposit money, we presumed that he would not receive any large amount.
MR. CLEVELAND, our Deputy Marshal, who was dispatched to Bolivar by our Postmaster, to obtain the letter mail, found there by LEVI PARR, has returned. The lock of the bag appears to have been blown off, but the packages of letters, so far as a casual observation could determine, appear to be safe.
Point Bolivar beach for miles is strewn with fragments of the wreck. The pieces are generally as small as wood would be split for kindling purposes.
The New York Times New York 1853-04-05