New York City, NY Ferry Boat LINSEED KING Sinking, Dec 1926
MANY LIVES LOST AS A FERRY BOAT SINKS.
FERRY BOAT AT NEW YORK SAND MANY DROWN.
FOURTEEN MEN LOOKING FOR WORK ARE KNOWN TO BE DEAD AND MANY OTHERS ARE MISSING.
New York, Dec. 20. -- (UP) -- The heavily-laden ferry launch Linseed King was crushed by ice floes in the Hudson River today, bringing death by drowning to at least thirty-three workmen.
Twenty-four survivors, who escaped miraculously after being tumbled into the icy midstream waters in a strong tide, were known to be in hospitals. The number of known dead was expected to grow.
New York, Dec. 20. -- The Ferry Linseed King conveying two score workmen to a linseed oil mill in Edgewater, N.J., was struck by ice floes in the Hudson River today and sank immediately. Fourteen workmen are known to have been drowned. Twenty-two had been taken to hospitals in Manhattan or Edgewater, and several others were missing.
Spectacular rescues followed collapse of the 35-foot craft. A dozen vessels, ranging from tugs to steamers arrived in time to life from the icy water the semi-conscious workmen, who in some cases were able to cling to cakes of floating ice.
The number of missing could not be determined, since Spender, Kellogg and Son, owner of the Linseed King, announced they had no accurate list of the workmen.
Eight bodies were found off 245th street shortly before noon. They had been swept by the tide to a point almost seven and a half miles from the scene of the disaster, in midstream opposite 120th street.
According to HERMAN VALENZULA, one of the rescued workmen, overloading might have led to the collapse. The blame was laid on heavy ice floes, however, by the launch captain JOHN BOWHEITER.
Police boats throughout the morning sped about the broad reaches of floating ice in an effort to find other survivors or dead bodies.
Among the passengers on the Linseed King were many men who intended to apply for work. Their names were not taken by the launch captain and hence the number of missing could not be determined. One report said that twenty-five men unable to escape from the cabin, had gone to their deaths with the launch which sand virtually without warning.
The bulk of the rescue work went to the tug Buffalo from the Erie coal yards which ground into the ice as the Linseed King was sinking. In freezing temperatures the officers and crew of the Buffalo risked their lives in rescuing the workmen.
A life boat was put off from the Swedish motor freighter Tercere and three men were rescued.
A Standard Oil tanker and several tugs also were able to reach the scene in time for rescue operations.
Ambulances were sent from Manhattan hospitals to the foot of west 129th street where the river craft put in with the survivors. Some of them were suffering intensely from submersioin.
Oelwein Daily Register Iowa 1926-12-20
33 LABORERS WERE DROWNED.
CAPTAIN OF BOAT CHARGED WITH HOMICIDE
New York, Dec. 21. -- (UP) -- Captain JOHN ROHWEDER, 29, was under arrest here today on a technical charge of homicide and negligence in connection with the sinking yesterday of the launch Linseed King and the drowning of at least 33 laborers in the icy waters of the Hudson.
He will be arraigned in homicide court later in the day if he is able to leave the hospital, where he was suffering from submersion and the development of pneumonia was feared. A guard was placed over him at the hospital.
The young captain, who jumped from the launch before it plunged, then swam ashore, denied that the boat had more than 60, but several of the survivors placed the number as high as 160.
Only 10 of the known 33 dead have been identified.
The identified dead were:
JAMES WASSETT, 40.
T. BRENNAN, 22.
JOSEPH DOBRUANSKY, 35.
FRANK EBERLE, 44, all of New York City.
DAVID HICKS, 65, Long Island.
ABRAHAM BURKE, 35.
JOSEPH HAMILTON, 26.
URIAH A. PUSEY, 35, the last four are negroes, all of New York City.
The first version of the accident in which the blame was laid by the captain to the piercing of a hole into one side of the craft by a sharp ice floe, was discredited by police today after examination of the Linseed King disclosed no hole in the boat.
This led to the belief that the boat was overloaded and dipped water as soon as one side bumped up against a cake of ice. The 60 or more men in the long narrow cabin may have rushed to one side at the moment of the contact with the ice, thus careening the launch and toppling it over.
Evening Chronicle Xenia Ohio 1926-12-21