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Forest City (Steamboat), broke machinery, 14 Jun 1852

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Steamer FOREST CITY, burst a flue near Cleveland, killed three men. Property loss $1,500.
      Buffalo Morning Express
      December 25, 1852 (1852 casualty list)

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      The steamer FOREST CITY belonging to Mr. Ward and plying between Cleveland and Detroit, was despatched last evening from Cleveland to Dunkirk, and when ten miles out collapsed her flues, killing instantly three firemen and doing other damage. The steamer ALABAMA of the Cleveland and Dunkirk line went out and towed her in.
      Buffalo Daily Republic
      Tuesday, June 15, 1852

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      The Cleveland Plaindealer, says a verdict to the following effect was rendered by the coroner's jury in the case of the steamer FOREST CITY; That by a collapse of the starboard flue of the starboard boiler on the steamer FOREST CITY, which occurred on the 14th of June, '52, in consequence of the deficiency of the iron of said flue the three firemen of said boat, John King, James Caghill, of Detroit, and Dennis Ryan, of Buffalo, were scalded to death, and that no blame whatever for the death of said deceased persons can be attached to the officers of said boat.
      Buffalo Daily Republic
      Thursday, June 17, 1852

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Reason: broke machinery
Lives: 3
Hull damage: $1,500
Remarks: Repaired
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  • Ohio, United States
    Latitude: 41.4995 Longitude: -81.69541
William R. McNeil
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Forest City (Steamboat), broke machinery, 14 Jun 1852