The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
British Whig (Kingston, ON), Oct. 9, 1835

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p.1 Steamboat Explosion - It becomes our painful duty to notice another of the many accidents which are daily occurring on board the Steamboats on Lake Erie. As the steamboat Commodore Perry was on her way down to Buffalo, this morning, Saturday, she was met by the Daniel Webster, Steamer, about 2 miles from Sandwich near the Canada shore; and there being some passengers on board the Webster who intended going to a port below, the Commodore Perry stopped to receive them from on board of that boat. While preparations were making, the passengers on board the Perry crowded to that side of the vessel on which the passengers were to land, thereby causing the vessel to careen greatly, and the water which was in one of the boilers ran into the other, consequently as the fire continued to burn briskly the empty boiler became greatly heated, and when the passengers were taken on board and the people had become equally dispersed over the boat, the water rushed into the empty boiler, which immediately burst.

Four men were killed instantly and another was so badly injured that there is no hopes of his recovery. More than thirty persons have been scalded. The explosion happened about eight o'clock in the morning just after the passengers had taken breakfast but Providentially there was no one in the cabin at the time. [Sandwich Emigrant]

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British Whig (Kingston, ON), Oct. 9, 1835