The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Oswego Palladium (Oswego, NY), Wed., July 6, 1871

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FATAL MARINE ACCIDENT. - On Tuesday evening last, as the Northern Transportation Co.'s propeller Maine was passing down the river near Brockville, on her way to Ogdensburg, one of her boiler flues was blown out and five persons lost their lives in consequence. the first engineer and a passenger named Robert Butterfield, of Illinois, were sitting at the aft gangway when the explosion took place, and either jumped into the river or were blown into it and drowned. Three deckhands were also fatally scalded.

The captain of the Maine got a line out immediately after the accident and hauled into Brockville. The propeller Akron came along soon after and towed the Maine to Ogdensburg. Three or four others on the boat were slightly injured. The bodies of the engineer and passenge had not been recovered at last account.

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Richard Palmer
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Oswego Palladium (Oswego, NY), Wed., July 6, 1871