The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
(Scow), explosion, 5 Jun 1897

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      Killed One Sailor and Wrecked Things in the Chicago River.
Chicago, June 5. -- 0ne of three mud scows in tow of the tug ANDREW GREEN was blown to atoms this morning by an explosion of gases just after having passed through the Rush street draw. The explosion was heard for a great distance, and all the buildings in the vicinity were shaken to their foundations. August Americus, who was on the scow, was blown into the river and drowned before help could reach him.
During the past week the company has been engaged in dredging the South Branch in the vicinity of the Bridgeport Gas Works and the general theory is advanced that in some manner the gases in the scow became ignited by a spark from the tug.
A portion of the Goodrich dock was shattered and considerable damage was done to the buildings in the vicinity. Frank Morton, night agent of the Graham & Norton Transportation Company, was thrown from his bed and severely bruised by flying timbers. The Rush street bridge was shaken to its foundation, and it is feared has been damaged.
      Buffalo Evening News
      Saturday, June 5, 1897

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  • Illinois, United States
    Latitude: 41.8867 Longitude: -87.63728
William R. McNeil
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(Scow), explosion, 5 Jun 1897