The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Colonial Advocate (Toronto, ON), September 30, 1830

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The steam boat William Peacock met with a dreadful accident on the 17th, outside the light house at Buffalo, on her way to Detroit, when about four miles outside the light house, a joint of the pipe, which conveys team from the boilers to the cylinder, gave way, which instantly discharged the entire head of steam into a steerage cabin, which is upon the deck. The apartment was thronged with steerage passengers, mostly women and children, and the scene which ensured is not to be described.

As the boat had just left port, the names of the passengers, generally, had not been entered; and no perfect list of the sufferers, therefore, can, at this time, be made. The following persons, or their families, are among the sufferers, viz:

Mr. Isaac Palmer, of Dover, Windham county, Vermont - four children scalded, two are already dead, the third dangerous, and the fourth slightly injured.
Mr. William Johnson, of the same place - one child dead, wife and one child dangerous.
Mrs. John Parker, of York, Livingston count, N.Y. - three children dangerously scalded.
M.E. Vaditz, a Swiss emigrant - wife and daughter dangerous, himself not dangerous.

This is all we can learn of names, with certainty, though the disaster is known to be more extensive. Two infant children were found dead, but have not yet been recognized, nore can their parents be found. Several passengers are confident that one man and one woman jumped overboard, the latter dreadfully scalded, and it is not improbable that the littler sufferers were hers.

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Peter Warwick
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Colonial Advocate (Toronto, ON), September 30, 1830