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Ellen M. O'Brien (Propeller), U7234, exploded boiler, 26 May 1866

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Propeller tug ELLEN M. O'BRIEN, exploded her boiler at Black Rock, and killed her captain; total loss, May 1866. Property loss $3,000.
      Casualty List for 1866
      Buffalo Commercial Advertiser
      February 26, 1867

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      Propeller ELLEN M. O'BRIEN, U.S. Number 7234. Built 1864 at Buffalo, N. Y., of 27 Tons. Abandoned 1876.
      Merchant Steam Vessels of the U. S. A.
      the Lytle--Holdcamper List 1790 to 1868

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      TUG EXPLOSION. - The steam-tug JOHN O'BRIEN blew up Saturday morning, having just arrived off Sheenwater, Grand Island, with a scow in tow. Her boiler exploded, and her Captain and owner, John J. Klepser, was blown some distance into the water, and he was instantly killed. He leaves no family. No one else was injured, but the tug was rendered a total wreck.
      The body of Captain Klepser was found yesterday afternoon. Coroner Richard commensed an examination. Two or three witnesses were examined, but nothing of importance was elicted. The investigation was adjourned until Tuesday night.
      The Buffalo Evening Post
      Monday, May 28, 1866

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Reason: exploded boiler
Lives: 1
Hull damage: $3,000
Remarks: Repaired
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  • New York, United States
    Latitude: 42.91617 Longitude: -78.90198
William R. McNeil
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Ellen M. O'Brien (Propeller), U7234, exploded boiler, 26 May 1866