The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Leo (Steam yacht), exploded, 15 Sep 1889

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Yacht Missing.
      It is Believed to Have Gone Down With All on Board.
Cleveland, Sept. 17. - The steam yacht LEO left Black River on Sunday afternoon for this city, since which time nothing has been seen or heard of her and the nine persons on board. A few hours after she left Black River heavy winds broke over the lake and it is feared that she was unable to weather the gale.
      Buffalo Evening News
      Tuesday, September 17, 1889

      Yacht LEO Blown Up.
      Another Body Found With the Clothing Badly Burned - Evidence of an Explosion.
Cleveland, Sept. 19. - The body of another victim from the missing yacht LEO was found on the lake shore a short distance west of the city this morning. It proved to be that of John Pelow, aged 21, of Loraine. His clothing had been badly burned and gave conclusive evidence that the LEO had been blown up. There is no doubt but that every one of the nine on board were lost.
      Buffalo Evening News
      Thursday, September 19, 1889

Cleveland. - The body of J. D. Lawler, another of the victims of the LEO disaster, was found this morning. His face was badly burned. Four more bodies have yet to be found.
      Buffalo Evening News
      Friday, September 20, 1889

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Reason: exploded
Lives: 9
Remarks: Total loss
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  • Ohio, United States
    Latitude: 41.4995 Longitude: -81.69541
William R. McNeil
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Leo (Steam yacht), exploded, 15 Sep 1889