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Charles H. Haynor (Tug), sunk by explosion, 7 Apr 1866

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Troy April 7.--The steam Tug C.H. HAYNOR exploded her boiler in the river at this place, at 2 o'clock this P. M. Five lives were lost, including the captain, C.H. Haynor, of West Troy. The boat instantly sunk.
      Toledo Blade
      April 9, 1866

      Tug CHARLES H. HAYNOR was built at Buffalo, N. Y. in 1864.
      At Troy, last Sunday afternoon, a melancholy accident happened in the Hudson river to the Tug Steamboat CHARLES H. HAYNER, through the explosion of the boiler, by which the boat immediately sunk and all on board perished. The tug had recently been overhauled, and was only that morning brought out of the basin. She was towing a raft up the channel, and when directly in the rear of the Times offices, about midway in the river, an awful explosion took place, which shook the buildings on River street, breaking out numerous panes of glass and creating great consternation among the occupants of the premises.
From our office window the, the Times says, we had a perfect view of the scene. A mass of iron, timber and portions of human bodies was lifted high up into the air, and some particles of which came down at a great distance from the scene of the explosion. The body of one man was lifted up into the air from forty to fifty feet, when it descended into the water and was lost to view. The hull of the little craft settle down almost immediately. Not a soul was seen upon the boat after the explosion was heard, not any evidence of struggling, living humanity among the debris of the wreck.
We learn that there were five persons upon the boat, but we have the names of only four: Charles H. Hayner, Captain and one of the owners of the boat, Thomas Ryan, engineer, William Ward, hand; Walter Myers, Cook. The owners of the HAYNER were the unfortunate captain, Senator Collins and Michael McDonough. R. McDonough only left the boat about five minutes before the explosion. All of the unfortunate men on board the craft reside in West Troy, and with the exception of the cook, have families to mourn their sudden and sad departure.
Pieces of the exploded boiler fell into streets of the city, and a heavy piece of the grate came down upon the roof the Times office, and a large piece of the boiler, fell on the dock in the rear of our office.
The cause of the accident will of course, never be known. It is one of the saddest catastrophes that has occurred in Troy in many months. The name of the fifth man lost was George Green, fireman.
      Toledo Blade
      April 12, 1864

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  • Wisconsin, United States
    Latitude: 43.0389 Longitude: -87.90647
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Charles H. Haynor (Tug), sunk by explosion, 7 Apr 1866