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On Lake Michigan, a Chicago tugboat explodes and kills most of its night crew

Steamboat "Alfred Thomas" explodes at Easton in Pennsylvania, March 6, 1860, zoomable image
05/24/1863
Just before midnight, as she was preparing to take on a tow for the schooner Traveller just outside the port of Chicago, the tug Crawford had its boiler suddenly explode.  Three of the four men aboard were killed instantly while a fourth, a deck hand, was blown overboard and survived. The brand new tug, which had been launched only a few weeks before, sank in twenty-five feet of water and was a complete loss. (By John Osborne)
Source Citation: 
"Explosion of the Tug Boat Crawford: The Captain, Engineer, and Fireman Lost," Chicago Tribune, May 26, 1863, p. 4. 

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