The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Detroit Gazette (Detroit, MI), 4 June 1824, page 2

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Distressing Calamity.--On the 15th ult. while the steam boat Aetna was on her passage from Washington, N.J. to the city of New York, and when within four miles of the latter place, her centre boiler burst with a tremendous explosion, and the steam and hot water forcing their way in every direction, scalded to death nine persons, mostly ladies --several were also dangerously wounded. The engine of this boat was constructed on the high pressure principle, and it is remarked by the editor of the New York Statesman, "that in almost every instance of the bursting of a boiler, it has been found that it was of engines of this description." [death of Daniel Dod, uncle of John Dod Ward, steamboat engine builder]

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Detroit Gazette (Detroit, MI), 4 June 1824, page 2