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Compound (Propeller), exploded boiler, 10 May 1872

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Buffalo, May 10, 1:30 P.M. - The steam tug COMPOUND, one of the largest tugs in the Buffalo Association, exploded her boiler today, while steaming into Buffalo harbor from the new breakwater. The boat was blown to atoms and sunk. At present it is impossible to tell if any lives were lost, but it is feared 4 or 5 men have been killed. The accident occurred about a mile off from the inside lighthouse. A great deal of excitement prevails on the dock.
LATER - The tug WADSWORTH has just come from the tug COMPOUND. At present it is impossible to tell if anyone was killed, but it is known that the Captain, engineer and cook are badly hurt. It is reported that no one was killed outright. There is so much ice in the harbor that the tugs make their way with difficulty, and it is presumed the COMPOUND had an extra amount of steam on, and consequently the explosion followed.
      The Toronto Mail
      Saturday, May 11, 1872

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      A dispatch from Buffalo says: The tug steamer COMPOUND, the largest vessel of the kind on the lakes, exploded her boiler while towing a schooner out of the harbor this afternoon and sunk immediately. George Burg, cook, was badly scalded and is not expected to live. The rest of the crew escaped with slight injuries.
      Port Huron Daily Times
      Saturday, May 11, 1872

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      Propeller COMPOUND, of 40 tons. Built Cleveland 1868 by Quayle & Martin. Owned by Bemis & others. Home port, Buffalo. Valued at $7,500. Class A 1. Remarks - Tug. Blew up and repaired in 1872.
      National Board of Lake Underwriters, 1873

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Reason: exploded boiler
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  • New York, United States
    Latitude: 42.88645 Longitude: -78.87837
William R. McNeil
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Compound (Propeller), exploded boiler, 10 May 1872