The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Ohio (Steamboat), accient, 28 Jun 1853

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The Cleveland Plain Dealer of the 28th. inst., says, this morning, a fearful accident occurred on board the steamer OHIO, lying in the river.
A deck hand, named Orson Thayer, was engaged in putting coal aboard. He went inside to look below where they were reveiving the coal. To do this, he had to look down through the aperture, where the shaft works. He leaned his head over The engine was moving very slowly at the time, and the shaft came down upon him unawares, and crushed his head most horribly, carrying away the back part of his skull. He was instantly killed. The accident is only attributable to his own carelessness. The deceased lived in Conneaut, Ohio, where his relatives now live. he was an unmarried man, and about 25 years of age. Capt. Watts, of the OHIO, states that this is the only serious accident which has ever occurred on board his vessel.
      Buffalo Daily Republic
      Wednesday, June 29, 1854

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  • Ohio, United States
    Latitude: 41.4995 Longitude: -81.69541
William R. McNeil
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Ohio (Steamboat), accient, 28 Jun 1853