Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Algoma (Steamboat), exploded boiler, 10 Jun 1864
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Muskegon, June 10, 1864
      The stm. ALGOMA having in tow a raft of logs, on Muskegon Lake, exploded her boiler at 6:00 this P.M., completely destroying the boat and killing the engineer, and severely scalding the cook, a Mrs. Campbell wife of the fireman. Capt. Fagan, whose brother was aboard the stm. PONTIAC when she exploded her boiler, a few weeks since, on Grand River, was blown some 5 or 6 rods from the boat into the water and was severely bruised about the face, but succeeded with the aid of Geo. Carl, the wheelsman, who escaped uninjured, in reaching the ill fated steamer before she went down. There were 6 persons on board the boat at the time of the explosion, and it is great wonder that more were not killed.
The stms. J. RICHARD and MAYFLOWER, immediately left for the scene of disaster,
and brought the sufferers to shore. The body of the unfortunate engineer has not been recovered up to the present time. The ALGOMA was owned by the Muskegon Boom Assoc., and was valued at about $8,000. The fireman states that there were 55 pounds of steam and 2 gauges of water at the time of the explosion. Where the blame lies, if any, we do not know.
      Detroit Advertiser & Tribune
      June 14, 1864

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Reason: exploded boiler
Lives: 1
Hull damage: $8,000
Remarks: Total loss
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  • Michigan, United States
    Latitude: 43.23613 Longitude: -86.28312
William R. McNeil
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Algoma (Steamboat), exploded boiler, 10 Jun 1864