Milwaukee, WI Steamer GLOBE Explosion, Nov 1860




The citizens and tradesmen in the vicinity of Clark and Wells Street bridges were startled at a terrific report this morning about 9 o'clock, upon the north side of the river. The same instant, the air was choked with beams, timbers, splinters, cord wood and coal, which descended in a perfect shower. The report was found to have been caused by the explosion of the boiler of the propeller Globe, Capt. AMOS PRATT, lying at Hale's dock, between Clark and Wells Street bridges.
The Globe left Buffalo one week ago this morning, with eight or nine passengers and a cargo of 3000 barrels of apples, and a large quantity of stoves and other hardware. She arrived at this port this morning at half-past four. At the time of the accident, all of the passengers had left the boat. The engineers and firemen were in the engine room taking off a cylinder head. The steam had been blown off from one of the boilers and the fire put out. The other boiler had but little steam on, as they had just commenced getting it up to hoist freight. The second mate informs us that there were not more than ten pounds on at the time.
While thus engaged, the boiler exploded with terrific force, tearing the propeller into atoms, and strewing the housetops, streets, and the river with the splintered debris.
As soon as possible, a large gang of fireman under the supervision of Chief Engineer Harris, aided by citizens, sommenced clearing away the wreck. The steamer Atlantic took her station on the dock, to be in readiness in case of fire breaking out in the hulk, but her services were not required.
The following were taken out dead from the ruins:
MARY ANN GOLDEN, a girl about fifteen years of age; who was on the dock picking up apples.
JAMES HOBBIE, twenty-one years of age, and formerly a conductor on the State Street horse railway. He was on board at the time looking for some apples which had been consigned to him.
Another body was taken out, but so terribly disfigured, that up to the time of going to press, it has not been identified.
PATRICK DONOHOE, who was walking along the west side of Wells Street, near the bridge was struck by a portion of the arch and instantly killed, his head being dashed to pieces. He lived on West Harrison Street, and leaves a large family.
Another body was found, upon the top of Hale's warehouse, but we have not ascertained his name. He was one of the deck hands.
The crew of the Globe numbered twenty-five in all, and it is supposed that the most of them were on board. BENJAMIN WILSON, First Engineer; RICHARD FORSYTHE, Second Engineer, and the four firemen are known to have been killed. How many of the balance of the crew are buried in the ruins it is impossible at present to estimate.
PETER BARNHARD, of Erie, Pa., was taken out of the ruins alive and removed to the Marine Hospital, but, we are informed, died this noon.
DAVID DUNN, a drayman, was very badly injured by a falling beam. JOHN HAYDEN, of Rochester, N.Y., was injured about the head, but will probably recover. JULIEN HATCH, living on Wells Street, had his leg terribly cut below the knee. MICHAEL CUSICK was severely injured about the head, and lies in a precarious condition. O. H. SALISBURY was blown into the river, but escaped with slight injuries. N. LUDDINGTON, lumber merchant, who was driving along Wells street in a buggy, was knocked out of it by a falling beam. He was badly injured upon the head and side, but will recover.

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