The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Detroit Free Press (Detroit, MI), 22 Nov., 1883


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THE ERIE BELLE BLOWN UP

Special Dispatch to The Detroit Free Press.

Kincardine, November 21. - About 3:30 this afternoon a loud report like the discharge of a twenty-pounder was heard in town, and while the citizens were conjecturing the cause word was received that the tug Erie Belle, owned by Odette & Wherry, of Windsor, which arrived in port on Tuesday morning, to take off the beach the schooner Carter,

HAD BLOWN UP,

And that all hands were lost. On going to the scene of the disaster, it was found that the boiler had exploded, and the vessel herself was wrecked, but fortunately the lives of eight of the crew of twelve had been saved. What caused the accident will never be known. It is supposed that the pumps which supplied the boiler had become choked in some manner, and the trouble was not noticed by the chief engineer, who was in charge. The water got low, and when the pumps did force some into the boiler, it had the same effect as

SPARKS ON GUNPOWDER.

The names of the crew on the tug when the explosion happened were as follows: Captain John Tobin; mate, William Tobin; first engineer William Osgood; second engineer Frank Eikenhurst; firemen, William Johnson and William Sayles; watchman Daniel Finlayson; deck hands, Henry Pacock, Frank Conray, Isaac Drenshaw, Lewis Smith and a cook, name unknown, formerly employed by the tug Hackett. The following

LOST THEIR LIVES.

William Osgood, of Lorain, O., Frank Eikenhurst, of St. Louis, Mo., Engineer; William Sayles, of Detroit, and the cook.

The Kincardine lifeboat was manned and the crew who were struggling in the water were picked up.


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Date of Original:
22 Nov., 1883
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GLN.4197
Language of Item:
English
Donor:
Dave Swayze
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Public domain: Copyright has expired according to the applicable Canadian or American laws. No restrictions on use.
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Detroit Free Press (Detroit, MI), 22 Nov., 1883