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T. T. Morford (Propeller), U145385, exploded boiler, 26 Oct 1895


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BLEW UP IN CHICAGO RIVER
      Terrific Explosion Of a Tug Early This Morning--Two Killed And Several Injured.
Chicago, Oct. 26. - The tugboat T.T. MORFORD, valued at $20,000 exploded at 4 o'clock this morning in the river at Seventeenth Street. Capt. John Cullinan was picked up a few minutes after the explosion.
      The explosion occurred near elevator P, and portions of the boiler and engine were blown through the side of the elevator.
      Later investigation showed that the pilot house of the tug O.B. GREEN, which lay near the MORFORD, was smashed by the explosion, and Capt. John Ferguson, who was asleep inside, was instantly killed.
      A corrected list of the dead and injured is as follows:- Dead- John Erickson, foreman of the T.T. MORFORD.
      John Ferguson, captain of the tug O.B. GREEN
      Injured:- Charles Dix, Laporte, Ind, engineer of the NORFORD, body burned; removed to County Hospital; will die.
      John Cullinan, Captain of the MORFORD, face and upper part of the body burned; removed to County Hospital; will recover.
      Daniel McRae, lineman; feet burned and ankle sprained; removed to County Hospital; will recover.
      Buffalo Evening News
      Saturday, October 26, 1895

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      TUG JOHNSON SUNK OFF CHICAGO.
Chicago, Nov. 13. -- The Dunham tug L. B. JOHNSON tripped on the tow-line of the steamer V. H. KETCHAM, this morning and was capsized off the breakwater. The crew were rescued with much difficulty by a boat from the steamer. This is the second time the JOHNSON has been sunk this season near the harbor entrance. Capt. Cullinan, who was in command, was on the tug MORFORD when she blew up a year ago, and was saved no one knows how.
      Milwaukee Evening Wisconsin
      Friday, November 13, 1896
     
     

      Tug T.T. MORFORD, wrecked by explosion, October 26, 1895. Value $8,000.
      Lake Disasters of 1895 [total losses]
      Door County Advocate, Wis.
      Saturday, January 11, 1896
     
     
      Steam screw T.T. MORFORD. U.S. No. 145385. Of 89.73 tons gross; 44.87 tons net. Built at Chicago, Ill., in 1884. Home port, Chicago, Ill. 71.0 x 19.9 x 12.0
      Merchant Vessel List, U.S., 1895
     
     
      Steam screw T.T. MORFORD. U.S. No. 145717. Of 99.45 tons gross; 57.27 tons net. Built at Chicago, Ill., in 1896. Home port, Chicago, Ill. 71.5 x 19.7 x 12.0 and 850 indicated horse power.
      Merchant Vessel List, U.S., 1897
     
NOTE: the T.T. MORFORD was rebuilt in 1896 after the explosion, and renumbered


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Reason: exploded boiler
Lives: 1
Remarks: Rebuilt
Date of Original:
1895
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McN.W.19716
Language of Item:
English
  • Illinois, United States
    Latitude: 41.85003 Longitude: -87.65005
Donor:
William R. McNeil
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T. T. Morford (Propeller), U145385, exploded boiler, 26 Oct 1895