EXPLOSION OF THE HELEN McGREGOR, AT MEMPHIS, TENNESSEE, FEBRUARY
The steamboat Helen McGregor, Capt. Tyson, on her way from New
Orleans to Louisville, stopped at Memphis, on Wednesday
morning, February 24, 1830. She had been lying at the wharf
about thirty minutes, when one or more of her boilers exploded,
with the usual destructive and melancholy effects. The loss
of life by this accident was, at that time, unprecedented in the
records of steam navigation. In the bustle incident to the
landing and receiving of passengers, a part of the deck near the
boilers was crowded with people, all of whom were either killed
instantaneously, or more or less injured. No person in the cabins
was hurt. The number of those who perished at the moment
of the explosion is variously estimated at from thirty to sixty.
As many of them were strangers whose homes were far distant, and
whose bodies were never recovered from the water, into which they
were projected, it is very plain that an accurate account
of the number of the victims is not to be expected.
The following report of the killed and wounded is the most
complete and reliable that could be obtained :
KILLED.-Richard Hancock, of Louisville, Kentucky ; A. Van
Meeter, Hardin County, Tennessee; Mr. Talbot, of Long
Beach, Ohio; James Bledso, Kentucky; Mr. Carrol, Cincinnati,
Ohio; Edward P. Beadles, Clark County, Indiana; J. Dunn,
Tennessee; G. B. Giles, Cincinnati; Ephraim Goble, Brookville,
Indiana; John Delaney, colored; William Ewing, Clark County,
Indiana; William Stockwell, Salem, Indiana; Solomon Jones,
Maysville, Kentucky; J. Reaves, Harrison County, Indiana; Lewis
Young, colored; Jack, a colored boy, twelve years. old.
BADLY W0UNDED.-George Trey, Tipton County, Tennessee; John
Cameron, Clark County, Indiana; Joshua Richardson, Indiana; John
Valentine, Massachusetts; Mr. De Haven, Philadelphia; John
Leland, a pilot; J. Sugg; Union County, Kentucky; John Felchcn,
New York; R. Bailey, firm of Bell, Hardin & Co., Tennessee;
II. Heldrith, Madison County, Indiana; John Addisson, one
of the crew; Thomas Drenard, Wilson County, Tennessee; J.
Swan, Orange County, Indiana; J. Tenyek, Shippingsport, Kentucky;
William Case, New York.
SLIGHTLY WOUNDED.-Capt. Tyson, commander of the Helen McGregor; -
Turner, engineer; P. O'Daniel, Indiana; T. L. Knowland, Ohio; J.
Monaco, Tipton County, Tennessee; John Coons, Clark County,
Indiana; William Pottorff, Clark County, Indiana; John Dougherty,
Overton County, Tennessee; Thomas Bank, Lawrence County, Indiana;
Green Williams, colored fireman.