Bohemia (Shipwreck), aground, 9 Aug 1890
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PANIC ON A STEAMER.
The Hurricane Deck Gives Way Under the Weight of a Great Crowd -- Many Injured.
Montreal, Aug. 11. -- As the steamer BOHEMIA, carrying nearly 1000 G. A. R., men and their families en route to Boston, entered the Cedar Rapids, about 40 miles from, this city, Saturday, a great crowd of excursionists thronged on the hurricane deck to get a. good view of the novel experience of running through the rapids. The deck of the steamer was, however, too weak to stand the strain of the great crowd, and a portion of it giving away about 100 of the excursionists came crashing down on the deck below and so great was the confusion that the men t the wheel seemed to have lost their heads, for the next instant after the crash all control of the boat was lost and swinging out of the regular channel it struck a rock and remained hard and fast on It . A panic Immediately ensued, on board. A rush was made for the life preservers, women fainted, clothes were torn and all on board were more or less cut and bruised. Finally order was restored and a boat sent ashore and word of the accident telegraphed to Montreal. Another boat was sent to the scene, but the frightened
excursionists refused to go on her and demanded that they be brought to Montreal by rail. This was done and the excursionists reached here early yesterday morning.
Buffalo Evening News
August 11, 1890
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- William R. McNeil
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