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America (Steamboat), burst steam pipes, 31 Jul 1850

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AMERICA Steamer, burst her steam pipes off Erie, Lake Erie on the morningof July 31, 1850, causing the death of her two engineers and a fireman, and scalding 3 or 4 others. 29 persons scalded of whom 8 are dead and 7 supposed cannot live.
      Casualty List for 1850
      Erik Hyle's private papers

      Another steamboat explosion on Lake Erie!
Buffalo 12 o¹clock July 31. -- We learn by a dispatch just received from Erie, that the steamer AMERICA, from Sandusky for this port, burst a steam pipe or drum, about 2 o'clock this morning, when off Barcelona, and was towed into Erie by the ALABAMA. One of the engineers and two other persons were killed, and many others badly scalded, two of whom have since died. One person was found dead under the crank. The decks of the boat are considerably torn up and badly shattered.
      Later 1 o'clock- we have just received the following lost of the wounded, as far as ascertained, by the accident to the AMERICA last night. The most of them were hands on board. There are others whose names were unable to learn. There were 27 injuries, of whom nine are dead, and six to eight badly perhaps mortally wounded;-
      Michael Haggerty, Buffalo, Badly
      Michael O'Connor, Providence, badly
      Patrick Welch, Buffalo, badly
      Wm. P. Bennet, Ballston Springs, slightly
      J. H. Stancliff, Middletown, Conn. Badly
      Patrick Hoatley -- very badly
Archibald Lindsay Michigan badly
Jerry O'Connor, wife and five children; wife and two children badly
Timothy Lucall Ohio, badly
Thomas Fumber By. badly
Patrick Henly Bu, badly
      Schenectady Reflector
      August 2, 1850

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Reason: burst steam pipes
Lives: 8 ?
Remarks: Repaired
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  • Pennsylvania, United States
    Latitude: 42.12922 Longitude: -80.08506
William R. McNeil
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America (Steamboat), burst steam pipes, 31 Jul 1850