Maritime History of the Great Lakes
General Scott (Steamboat), burst boiler, 7 Jun 1846
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STEAMBOAT BOILER BURST.--THREE LIVES LOST.---We learn by Mr. Hely of the NIAGARA, from Chicago, that the steamboat GENERAL SCOTT burst her boiler, just as she was leaving the dock at Mackinac, on Sunday last, scalding three of the firemen so
badly, that two had died, and the third was not expected to live. The SCOTT had been in the Mackinac, Green Bay and the Sault Ste.Marie trade for the last two seasons, and was on the point of starting for Green bay, when the accident happened. We have not the full particulars, and cannot therefore express an opinion as to the cause of this sad accident---or where to attach the blame, if there is any, on the part of the officers of the boat. Captain Shooks commands the SCOTT and has the reputation of being a careful and experienced commander of steamboats.
      Daily National Pilot, Buffalo
      Wed. Morning, June 10, 1846 p. 3

STEAMBOAT GENERAL SCOTT.---We gave an account last Tuesday of the bursting of
the boiler of this boat. We now learn the accident occurred about 20 miles from Mackinac, while the boat was returning from the Soo to the former place, instead of at Mackinac as we then stated. The clerk of the boat informs the editor of the Detroit Advertiser, of the 9th.inst.,that the explosion occurred while under moderate headway, with very little wind or sea, and the water high in the boiler at the time, (three flush cocks) it made so little noise that it was supposed at first that the boat was on fire, as the wood and ashes thrown from the furnaces raised a great smoke. The boiler which was on the starboard side---burst on the
bottom, towards the after end, near the standing pipe, and about six inches from any seam, making a rent six inches by half an inch wide. neither the boat or machinery is otherwise injured in the least. We understand the boat will be repaired and ready to resume her trips in a few days.
      Daily National Pilot, Buffalo
      Fri. Morning, June 12, 1846 p. 3

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Reason: burst boiler
Lives: 3
Remarks: Repaired
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  • Michigan, United States
    Latitude: 45.7839 Longitude: -84.72783
William R. McNeil
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General Scott (Steamboat), burst boiler, 7 Jun 1846