The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Daily News (Kingston, ON), May 27, 1871

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p.2 At noon on Thursday a terrific explosion was heard on the river in the vicinity of Sarnia. On inquiry it was ascertained that the tug propeller B.B. Jones, of Detroit, had exploded her boiler while lying at the dock of the Port Huron and Lake Michigan Railway, Port Huron. At the time of the explosion the crew were at dinner. The first engineer and six of the men were killed, and two others are so badly bruised that there is little hope of their recovery. The boat's hull, machinery and furniture were shattered to pieces, and parts of the wreck were found a quarter of a mile from the scene of the disaster. The Jones was a first class tug, having been furnished with a new boiler and otherwise refitted last winter. She was owned by Messrs. Trowbridge & Wilcox, of Detroit. The cause of the explosion is unknown.

Shipping News - At Swift's wharf - The steamer Corinthian passed down this morning.

At Gurney & Glidden's - The steam barge Kitty Friel, with one barge, arrived this morning from the Rideau with cordwood. The schr. Harvest Home left this afternoon for Cleveland with iron ore.

At the M.T. Company's wharf - Arrived during the night and this morning:- The H.P. Murney (sic - Murray ?), from Toledo, with 10,300 bushels of corn; the G.W. Holt, from Milwaukee, with 15,400 bushels of wheat; the C.A. King, from Chicago, with 19,000 bushels of wheat; the Jennie Mullins, from Milwaukee, with 13,000 bushels of wheat, and the Gallatin, from Chicago, with 21,000 bushels of wheat.

Large Grain Fleet - There are now in the harbour, consigned to the Montreal Transportation Company, fifteen vessels, whose united cargoes amount to 260,000 bushels of wheat. It is seldom so many vessels consigned to the same company are seen in harbour at the same time.

The Steamer Corsican Ashore - The steamer Corsican went ashore at Renshaw's Point about six miles below Cornwall, during the fog of Thursday night. She is reported as being about two feet out of the water upon the sand, and telegrams received this morning state that a tug had been to her assistance and found it impossible to get her off in her present condition, that being light when she ran on she would have to be raised before she could be removed.

Ashore - A large bark was ashore ths morning between Knapp's Point and Garden Island, but we were unable to get her name.

The steamer Wellington, belonging to Calvin and Breck, towed the bark Acorn into Garden Island this morning. The Acorn was ashore at West Point.

Boiler Explosion - A telegram from Sarnia, May 25th, informs us that at noon yesterday the boiler of the propeller R.B. Jones, of Detroit, lying in the river at Port Huron exploded with a terrific noise. The hull, machinery and furniture were blown to pieces, and the Captain, Stephen Burnham, was thrown from the dinner table into the air. Seven men were killed outright, and two others it is feared, fatally. The body of a man named McGuire, of Amherstburg, Ontario, one of the victims, has been recovered.

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Daily News (Kingston, ON), May 27, 1871