The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Oswego Palladium (Oswego, NY), Tuesday, Oct. 19, 1858

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EXPLOSION OF THE STEAM TUG J. H. BLOORE - FATAL ACCIDENT. - Our city was thrown into an excitement yesterday morning on account of the explosion of the steam tug J. H. Bloore. The fact as near as we can learn, are these: About half past five yesterday, the Bloore and the Robert Read, started out of the harbor to tow a vessel in to port, and when just inside the pier, the Bloore burst her boiler, tearing her deck completely off, from stem to stern, and throwing the entire machinery and everything else, with the exception of a part of the engine into the lake. It is supposed that the engineer was either blown to pieces or went down amongst the machinery, as nothing has been found of his body. His name was D. Tremain. The Captain, Alonzo Tiffany, was taken off from the wheel house by the Read - (which immediately went to their assistance on which he was floating, his leg being badly hurt and he being considerably scalded. Wm. B. Kane, the fireman, was also thrown into the lake and badly scalded. Mrs. Kane, the fireman's wife, was asleep in her berth in the cabin at the time, and was thrown to considerable distance into the lake, and was supported by a single plank when picked up.

She was very badly scalded and mangled, and it was thought she could not live. George Palmer, a deck hand, was standing close by the boiler at the time of the explosion, and strange as it may seem, was totally uninjured. he was precipitated into the hold and of course was very much frightened, if not injured. The shell of the Bloore was towed in by the Read and landed by Baker's ship-yard at the foot of West 2d street, and crowds of people visited the spot during the day yesterday to see the shell which was all perfect, not having even broken her bulwarks in a single place.

She was owned by ex-Alderman Dobbie and Capt. Wm. Manwarring, and we understand was not insured. We believe they intend putting in new machinery and building her up again.

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Oswego Palladium (Oswego, NY), Tuesday, Oct. 19, 1858