Asa R. Swift (Propeller), boiler exploded, 29 Sep 1854
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EXPLOSION OF A STEAM BOILER ON THE "ASA R. SWIFT," OF ROCHESTER.
This morning, about 7 o'clock, the steam boiler of the Lake boat and Canal propeller ASA
R. SWIFT, of Rochester, exploded, while the boat was lying at the pier, at the foot of the Columbia Street bridge, preparing to go to new York. The smoke pipe of the SWIFT was carried over a two storey frame building occupied by Mr. Benj. Wakeman, and lodged on a pile of staves nearly 400 feet from the boat. The Engineer, Mr. Riley, was in the engine- room when the explosion took place, but he escaped with having his face slightly, and his hands pretty badly scalded, by steam and water. The boat belonged to Capt. E. Hathaway, of Buffalo, who was in charge, and James Bell of New York. She was fully laden for the latter place.
The boat, engine and boilers were constructed in Rochester. Upon examination, we find that the boat has two upright hollow tubular boilers. One the inside upper sheets of iron is torn from the upper rivets in a diagonal nearly down to the opposite rivets, showing pretty conclusively that there must have been some defect in the iron.
The Democracy, Buffalo
Friday, September 29, 1854
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New York, United States
- William R. McNeil
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