Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Troy (Steamboat), burst boiler, 25 Mar 1850
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Steamer TROY, burst her boiler going into Niagara, 12 persons killed, and two drowned, and 6 badly scalded.
      Casualty List for 1850
      Erik Hyle's private papers

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      A Coroner's Jury was in session nearly all day yesterday, inquiring into the cause of the fatal explosion on board the stmr. TROY. Quite a large number of the witnesses were examined touching this point; but the jury not having concluded their labors adjourned over until this morning. Capt. Wilkins, on his examination exhibited a certificate from John Hibbard, Steamboat Inspector for this port, dated Oct. 19, 1849, which approved of the boat, engine, boilers, &c., which is the evidence required by law. These certificates are required to be renewed once in 6 months. The inquest will be concluded today, and we await the finding of the jury before giving further details. - Buff. Comm. 26th.
      Detroit Free Press
      March 30, 1850

      Awful Disasters
We have never before been called on to record so awful destruction of human life on the western waters, as since the opening of navigation, the current season. The disasters to steamboats already number four, of which two have been by explosions of boilers- the TROY on Niagara river and the ANTHONY WAYNE on Lake Erie- one by fire the BELLE OF THE WEST the Ohio river, and one by collision, the DISPATCH and COMMERCE on Lake Erie, The loss of life by these four calamities as near as can be ascertained, will not fall short of Two Hundred and Fifty!. Two hundred and fifty human beings sent into eternity in this brief space of time by steamboat accidents! Were they accidents beyond the power of man to foresee or provide against? If so, what perils encompass the traveler at every step of his journey, in these days of improvement and science! If not what a responsibility rests on law-makers and the owners and managers of these public conveyances! But the subject will cease to be one of public discussion or occasion of remark by the time the details of the calamities have reached the extreme of the Union. Buffalo Courier
      Schenectady Reflector
      May 17, 1850

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Reason: burst boiler
Lives: 14
Remarks: Repaired
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  • Ontario, Canada
    Latitude: 43.262222 Longitude: -79.073055
William R. McNeil
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Troy (Steamboat), burst boiler, 25 Mar 1850