The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Schenectady Reflector (Schenectady, NY), May 3, 1850

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Terrible explosion on Lake Erie

Cleveland April 28

The steamer Wayne left Toledo on Saturday morning about 9 o'clock, with 29 passengers, and took on board some 40 more at Sandusky on Saturday night, leaving there at 10 o'clock. These and the crew made the number on board from 80 to 100.

About half past 12 o'clock on Sunday morning, just below Vermillion, and some 8 miles from shore, the two starboard boilers exploded, throwing them into a perpendicular position, tearing away the steerage cabin above and shattering the hull badly. She sunk in 15 minutes, going down head foremost. The yawl was launched and 12 person reached shore on it. The life boat half filled on launching and leaked badly but six persons got ashore in her after six hours of bailing her constantly.

Captain Gore, James Edgecomb, 1st make and Mr. Vorce, clerk were saved.

Mr. J. Ellore, 1st engineer, and Mr. Edward Burchard, 2nd do., are lost.

Mr. D. A. Eddy of Cleveland, was on board and was seen after the explosion, but whether he was saved is not known.

The state-room of the Captain, next to the steerage cabin was blown to pieces, and his bed blown upside down, but he was not hurt.

When the Wayne went down, she was on fire and the flames were just bursting out.

The cause of the explosion we cannot state. The boilers were only one year old and were in good condition, and the fireman who escaped says that just before the accident, he tried the boilers and there was plenty of water in them.

The hurricane deck is supposed to have floated and it was thought to be seen from shore this morning. Two small vessels went out from Vermillion to pick up any survivors.

Our citizens will wait with painful anxiety for further particulars of the fate of Mr. Eddy, one of their esteemed townsmen.

Buffalo Monday 9 a.m.

One of the vessels which went out took of the hurricane deck some 30 persons, six of whom are dead. Mr. D. Eddy is saved, and has telegraphed us from Sandusky.

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Richard Palmer
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Schenectady Reflector (Schenectady, NY), May 3, 1850