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J. H. Bloore (Propeller), boiler exploded, 18 Oct 1858

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Propeller Tug J.H. BLOORE, burst her boiler off Oswego, the engineer was killed and two of her crew badly scalded. Property loss $2,000.
      Buffalo Commercial Advertiser
      January 15, 1859 (1858 Casualty List)

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      EXPLOSION AND LOSS OF LIFE. - We learn by telegraph from Oswego, that the tug boat J. H. BLOORE exploded her boiler early yesterday morning outside the harbor, scalding the cook so that he will not probably recover, and badly hurting the captain and one or two deck hands. The engineer is missing. The wreck has been towed into port.
      Buffalo Daily Courier
      Tuesday, October 19, 1858

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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.
      Oswego Palladium
      Tuesday, October 19, 1858

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Alll Right. - The tug J.H. Bloore has been entirely refitted and made over, and yesterday she made her appearance. The new engine and boiler are from the Vulcan Foundry of Morris, Smith & King, and are of the best material and most approved workmanship.
In the afternoon she took a number of gentlemen a few miles upon the billows, and it was remarked by all that her machinery worked finely. She is under the perfect control of her wheel, and only requires her length in which space to turn around. The Bloore is owned by Morgan Wheeler, an energetic young man, and an obliging friend, and to whom we wish abundant success.
      Oswego Commercial Times
      May 20, 1859

(This tug was built in 1855 in Oswego by Thomas Dobbie. Morgan M. Wheeler, owner and master. Named for John H. Bloore, an Oswego forwarder. 54x11x732 tons. Abandoned 1864.)

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Reason: boiler exploded
Lives: 1
Hull damage: $2,000
Remarks: Repaired
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  • New York, United States
    Latitude: 43.45535 Longitude: -76.5105
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J. H. Bloore (Propeller), boiler exploded, 18 Oct 1858