The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Detroit Free Press (Detroit, MI), Oct. 29, 1872

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BOILER EXPLOSION - From the Oswego Palladium we learn of the explosion, during the night of October 25-26, of the tug P. P. Pratt, which blew into atoms, landing all over the city, except what sunk. Says the Palladium, "A large piece of the boiler, weighing about five hundred pounds, landed on the corner of West First and Cayuga, without doing any damage. A piece of rail about six feet long took flight and landed safely on the roof of sanctum of the Pall, where it remains impaled in the roof as a monument of its folly. One thing we would impress upon tugmen, and that is, we want no more nonsense with the Palladium office, and unless the thing is stopped, someone will get hurt. That no one was injured seems miraculous."

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The tug's crew had apparently left the boiler with low water while they went to dinner at a nearby hotel. The tug (US#17613) was a total loss. It is a continual source of amazement to me the power of these boiler explosions. This little tug was only 14 tons, yet articles state that pieces of her boiler were found hundreds of yards from the explosion site.
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Oct. 29, 1872
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Dave Swayze
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Detroit Free Press (Detroit, MI), Oct. 29, 1872