The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Montreal Gazette (Montreal, QC), May 12, 1846

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p.2 Serious Steamboat Accident and Loss of Life - We have to record the occurrence of a very serious accident, near Lachine, yesterday. It appears that the steamer Albion, W.T. Johnson, master, left Lachine yesterday morning with seven barges in tow; when about seven miles above Lachine part of the steam-chimney gave way, the steam and water then rushed through the boiler, out of the front end (or fire-place,) killing instantly one of the deck hands, who had gone down to dry himself. The fireman had just made up the fire, and was ascending the ladder to go on deck, but was so much injured by the steam, that he died in the course of the afternoon. The engineer, in assisting to pull him up the hatchway, was slightly scalded himself. We are informed by Mr. Jones, to whom this boat belongs, that the boiler had been lately enlarged, and after being put on board was tested, in his presence, with a greater pressure of steam than usual. The weight of the safety-valve was, after his departure, removed back to the old pressure as worked last year, and it has remained there ever since. The boat, immediately after being tested, performed the trip to Carillon with eight barges, and last Saturday took twelve barges. A coroner's inquest was held on the bodies; the jury returned a verdict of accidental death, and no fault attributable to any one on board. The engineer bears the character of a very steady, careful man, and has been in the employ of Messrs. Jones ever since the boat began to run.

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Rick Neilson
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Montreal Gazette (Montreal, QC), May 12, 1846