Four Killed in Ferry Boat Explosion in Michigan
PORT HURON, Mich – Associated Press) – Three investigations were under way here today in the boiler explosion that Sunday afternoon destroyed the Port Huron-Sarnia, Ontario ferry OMAR D. CONGER, causing four deaths, bringing injury to seven other persons, rocking and terrorizing the entire city, and causing a property loss estimated at $150,000.
City and police officials and Captain Fred J. Meno of Detroit, government inspector of steam vessels, were conducting separate inquiries.
The explosion took place as the vessel was tied at the wharf in Black river, at the foot of Port Huron’s leading thorofare.
The blast came half an hour before the craft was to have made its first trip of the season to the Canadian side.
The four men killed were members of the crew.
Six of the seven injured were attending funeral services in an undertaking establishment 1600 feet from the river. A radiator was blown from the vessel and crashed thru a window into the throng.
Windows in all parts of the city were shattered by the blast.