The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Humming Bird (Steamboat), exploded boiler, 8 Sep 1854

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The steamer HUMMING BIRD burst her boiler on the Grand River, Michigan, about seven miles below the city of Grand Rapids, on Saturday night. The report was like the discharge of a cannon at Grand Rapids, and much excitement was created, as Saturdays boat usually brings home a large load of citizens engaged in the lumber trade in Chicago. One person was killed, and he a boy, who, just before the accident, was observed to move the weights to the extreme end of the lever which holds down the safety valve. The Captain and Pilot and one passenger were thrown into the water, but escaped with inconsiderable injuries.
      Cleveland Morning Leader
      Wednesday, September 13, 1854

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Reason: exploded boiler
Lives: 1
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  • Michigan, United States
    Latitude: 46.76577 Longitude: -89.2757
William R. McNeil
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Humming Bird (Steamboat), exploded boiler, 8 Sep 1854