Vicksburg, MS Steamer W. T. SCOVEL Explosion, Dec 1906
STEAMER BLOWS UP
Ten to Sixteen Persons Killed and Many Injured.
VICTIMS HURLED INTO AIR
Disaster on the Mississippi River Near Vicksburg.
Crew and Passenger List Included Fifty Persons, of Whom Only One-half Have Been Accounted for - Known Dead Includes Captain of Vessel - Accident Occurs at Gold Dust Landing - Steamboat Was Near Shore at the Time.
Vicksburg, Miss., Dec. 19. - One of the most disastrous accidents in the history of the Mississippi River occurred at 10 minutes past 11 o'clock this morning, when the steamer W. T. Scovel, plying in the Vicksburg and Davis Bend trade, was destroyed by the explosion of her boiler. Owing to the large number of her boiler. Owing to the large number of negroes on board, it is impossible to ascertain the exact number of the dead and injured, but officers of the boat who arrived here to-night state that no less than ten nor more than sixteen were killed. The probabilities are that a like number were injured.
The white dead are as follows:
Capt. JOHN QUACKENBOSS, master of the boat, Vicksburg, Miss
Clerk WADE QUACKENBOSS, Vicksburg, Miss.
LAVELL YERGER, commercial salesman, Jackson, Miss.
Clerk JOSEPH SMITH, Yazoo City, Miss.
The white injured:
Tennoy Roberts, assistant pilot, Vicksburg, Miss., injured internally, very serious
John Dougherty, pilot, shoulder dislocated
Charles McKenna, passenger, painfully injured
[illegible] Butterfield, slightly injured in the head
The number of dead and injured negroes cannot be stated at this time, but of a crew and passenger list of about fifty, about half are missing.
Caring for Injured.
The negro dead were cared for at the place where the accident occurred, as were some of the injured. About five of the injured negroes were brought to Vicksburg on the steamer Senator Cordell, with the white dead and injured. The accident occurred at Gold Dust Landing about seventeen miles south of Vicksburg.
The Scovell was at the landing taking on freight, when suddenly a terific [sic] explosion occurred and the boat was blown practically to atoms.
Many of the timbers of the boat were thrown hundreds of yards and come of those aboard were blown almost as far. The pilot house and front part of the cabin were blown to splinters, and some parts of the boat were so badly damaged that she began to sink immediately. When the Scovell left here late this afternoon she was listing to heavily and her cargo of a thousand sacks of cotton seed and fifty bales of cotton will be lost.