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Seneca (Steamboat), exploded, 16 Oct 1855

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Steam Tug SENECA, burst her boiler and blowed to pieces. Property loss, $4,000. Three lives lost.
      Buffalo Morning Express
      January 11, 1856 (1855 Casualty List)
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      SENECA, Tug built 1847, exploded Chicago 1855. Two lives lost.
      History of the Great Lakes
      by Mansfield p.885

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The steam tug SENECA, while towing a vessel through the Randolph Street bridge, Chicago, yesterday morning, exploded her boilers with fearful violence. Captain Donaldson was instantly killed. William J. Vaughan, engineer severely injured, life despaired of, and C.D. Spaids, owner of the boat, badly scalded and wounded. The SENECA was a high pressure side wheel boat. She was literally blown to pieces.
      Buffalo Daily Republic
      Wednesday, Octonber 17, 1855

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Reason: exploded
Lives: 2
Hull damage: $4,000
Remarks: Total loss
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  • Illinois, United States
    Latitude: 41.85003 Longitude: -87.65005
William R. McNeil
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Seneca (Steamboat), exploded, 16 Oct 1855