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Maine (Propeller), U16445, exploded, 4 Jul 1871

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MAINE Propeller, exploded near Ogdensburg; four persons killed.
      Marine Disasters of the Western
      Lakes 1871, by Capt. J.W. Hall

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      The propeller MAIN, of the Northern Transportation Company's line, exploded her boiler Tuesday night a mile above Ogdensburg. The engineer and a passenger were killed, and a fireman was so badly scalded that he died since. A fireman's brother who was working his passage, the porter and a deck-hand were also badly scalded. The MAINE was bound from Chicago to Ogdensburg.
      Buffalo Commercial Advertiser
      Thursday, July 6, 1871

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FATAL MARINE ACCIDENT. - On Tuesday evening last, as the Northern Transportation Co.'s propeller MAINE was passing down the river near Brockville, on her way to Ogdensburg, one of her boiler flues was blown out and five persons lost their lives in consequence. the first engineer and a passenger named Robert Butterfield, of Illinois, were sitting at the aft gangway when the explosion took place, and either jumped into the river or were blown into it and drowned. Three deckhands were also fatally scalded.
      The captain of the MAINE got a line out immediately after the accident and hauled into Brockville. The propeller AKRON came along soon after and towed the MAINE to Ogdensburg. Three or four others on the boat were slightly injured. The bodies of the engineer and passenge had not been recovered at last account.
      Oswego Palladium
      Wednesday, July 6, 1871

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On the 4th.of July 1871, while the steamer MAINE was on her westward-bound voyage from Ogdensburg, she collapsed one of the main flues of her boiler, at or near Brockville, on the St. Lawrence River, causing thereby the death of six persons, viz: one passenger, the chief engineer, one deck-hand, one fireman, and two men who were working their passage. This case was investigated by the local board at Cleveland on the arrival of the passengers and crew of the vessel at that place. From examination of the boiler, and other evidence obtained, it was ascertained that the boiler had become very foul with sediment and deposit, and that the parts about the fracture had become badly injured by neglect. The chief engineer, who is mainly culpable for such a condition of the boiler under his charge, was among the victims of the disaster.
      "Hist., of Lake Navigation"
      Marine Record, Feb. 17, 1887 p.6

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Steam screw MAINE. U. S. No. 16445. Of 446.43 gross tons. 311 horsepower. Home port, Cleveland, O.
      Merchant vessel List, U. S., 1871
Steam screw MAINE. U. S. No. 16445. Of 322.29 gross tons; 255.28 tons net. Built Cleveland, O., 1862. Home port, Detroit, Mich.
      Merchant Vessel List, U. S., 1884

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    Latitude: 44.58341 Longitude: -75.68264
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Maine (Propeller), U16445, exploded, 4 Jul 1871