The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Oswego Palladium (Oswego, NY), Mon., May 19, 1873

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Narrow Escape - Boiler Explosion. - This morning about seven o-clock, while the tug Maria Melvin was lying alongside of Page's lumber dock, in the lower harbor, and while the crew were eating their breakfast, the flue sheet of the boiler cracked, opening a seam of about twenty inches in length, allowing the steam and water to escape into the fire box, enveloping the whole stern of the boat in steam, cinders and ashes.

The crew clamored from the cabin as quickly as possible, and fortunately none of them were scalded. The deck hand, James Burns, who had just finished his breakfast, was standing on the deck, and was in the act of closing the fire box door when the explosion took place.

Having been blown up before, he knew the effects of steam and water, so he plunged into the river, and swam to the dock lower down, where he got out safely. The engineer, James Carney, one of the most careful men on the creek, says the gauge indicated but fifty five pounds of steam when he left to go to breakfast.

The boiler of the Melvin, is rather aged and the only wonder is it has not left her ere this. the Melvin will now go to the dock and await her new boiler, which is being built at the Vulcan Works.

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Richard Palmer
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Oswego Palladium (Oswego, NY), Mon., May 19, 1873