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Union (Propeller), exploded boiler, 8 Sep 1862

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Propeller (tug) UNION, when towing the Bark S.V.R. WATSON, off Chicago, exploded her boiler, three men killed.
      Buffalo Commercial Advertiser
      January 26, 1863 (Casualty List, 1862)

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      TUG UNION EXPLODES. - The Chicago Journal says the tug UNION blew up on Wednesday last, just south of the bar, when abreast of the south pier, killing Captain Thomas Boyd, Harbor Master, Timothy Daly and George Grearson, fireman on the UNION, and wounding several persons. The UNION is owned by Sturges & Son. The upper work and boiler were blown to atoms. The engineer and the entire crew, except the fireman, escaped without injury.
      Buffalo Daily Courier
      September 8, 1862

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Reason: exploded boiler
Lives: 3
Hull damage: $6,000
Remarks: Repaired
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  • Illinois, United States
    Latitude: 41.85003 Longitude: -87.65005
William R. McNeil
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Union (Propeller), exploded boiler, 8 Sep 1862