Daily Alta California, Volume 15, Number 4816, 2 May 1863 — More of the Disaster at San Pedro. List of the Killed and Wounded—Farther Particular—What Caused the Explosion. [ARTICLE]
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More of the Disaster at San Pedro. List of the Killed and Wounded— Farther Particular—What Caused the Explosion.
The following particulars of the explosion of the steamer Ada Hancock were received yesterday. May Ist, from Los Angeles: The following bodies have b»en recovered : Thomas W. Seeley, Captain of steamer Senator; William Ritchie, Express Messenger of "Wells, Fargo & Co.; Charleß Kin?, Fort Tejon; Mexican, name and whereabouts unknown; Hiram Kimbail, and Atkinson, Mormon Missionaries from Salt Lake; Joseph Bryant, Captain steamer Ada Hancock; A. P. Gardner. La Paz; Sweeney. Linsley; a teamster, name unknown; Wm. T. B. Sanford, Los Angeles; F. E. Kerlin, Tejon Reservation; CaptTfye, R. M. Hall, San Francisco; H. M. Oliver, La Paz; the head and shoulders and che?tof the above named only were found; C. P. Hubbard, La Paz; Thomas 11. Workman, chief clerk of Mr. Banning; Dr. H. R. Mvles. Los Angeles; two colored men; K. Price and Wm. Jawpratt, Colorado: Sidney Johnson, oldest son of Gen. A. Sidney Johnson, Los Angeles. The following list includes those who were known to be on the steamer, and whose bodies have not been recovered: Mr. Levy, San Bernardino; L. Schlessinger, Los Angeles; John Kodgers, deck hand. It is stated some 15or 'M, not known, wcrelost, and their bodies not yet recovered. Casualties— A. Chelliit, San* Luis Obispo, fracture of thigh; William W. "Warden, Santa Cruz, contusion; John Gettnmar, Siskiyou county, arm broken; Charles Cunningham, Colorado mines, contusion; Henry Beer, Yreka, contusion; J. Philips, deck-hand, fracture of elbow; William Jackson, Colorado mines, scalded and contusion; G. L. Tucker, San Francisco, formerly of this place, fractured both bones of his left leg; Mrs. Banning, contusion of the head —probably internal injuries; Mr«. Sanford, mother of Mrs. Banning, fracture of right leg and left ami; Mrs. M. Hereford, contusion rf the head; Mr. Banning, internally injured; Miss Wilson, daughter of D. B. Wilson, contusion; A. C. Veary, fracture of leg; Welsh, scalded slightly. Mrs. L. Cohn, two children and servant, of Los Angeles, were on board the Hancock. Mrs. C. escaped with a slight contusion. The servant escaped uninjured, and was taken into a boat. She had in her arms the youngest child, an infant, which received only a very slight scratch, on the left side of the head. Mrs. C. showed herself a heroine, displaying great presence of mind. She recovered her eldest child, about two years of age, from tho water, amid the fragments of the wreck. For some time its life was considered hopeless, but it was brought to by tho perseverance of its mother, through the application of friction and bathing with brandy. The marks left upon it have the appearance of a scald, otherwiio the child appears to be in perfect health. Two children of Mr. Banning wore also on board, one of which received a slight ccald. Both of the children were saved from the wreck ty a colored servant girl of Mrs. Banning, who displayed undaunted courage and calmness, and rendered great assistance to numerous others. During the whole excitement, she remained perfectly calm, and was the means of keeping several of the ladies' heads above water after the vessel went down. Only three persons besides Mr. Banning's little child, and that of Mrs. Cohn, and two servants, as above stated, escaped without injury. Wm. King, a young man, a fireman, and a Mexican escaped unscathed. The explosion was instantaneous. No vestige of the boiler was left; pieces of the shattered boiler were found upon a small Island, a distance of th rep-quarters of a mile from tho wreck, and splinters from the" vessel were thrown into the Government corral, threequarters of a mile from the disaster. Mr. Banning himself was thrown one hundred feet. From the above, the magnitude of the disaster may be conjectured. The suffering and destructioncaused by it can only be imagined, not described. At 10 o'clock this A. ML, Mr. Banning was in a critical state, from internal injuries received, though the attending physician has hopes of his recovery. The person of Capt Secley shielded him from instant death. Additional Details. On seeing the explosion from the Stnafor, which lay several milcs^ away, the first officer, Mr. Butters, jumped into the plunger of Mr. Tomlinson, which had just come alongside, and hastily getting some sweet oil, linen cloths, etc., started for the wreck. The wind was blowing hard, and the plunger was double-reefed, but, on leavingthe steamer, Mr. Butters drew his knife, and cutting the reef-points, stood with all sail up the creek. A strong flood tide was running, which helped her along, and away she flew at wild speed to tin- rescue. In v few minutes, she rounded-to alongside the ill-fated craft, and commenced picking up the uninjured, the wounded, and the dead. We learn that when the explosion took Slace, the hull of the Hancock sunk, her ecks being übout eighteen inches to two feet under water. The body of Capt Secley apparently full into the hold through a rent in the deck. The engineer, Allen Clark, when the boaU which went to the rescue came up, was holding the head of the Captain above the water, not knowing he was dead. When asked if he was hurt, be said he was not, but thought his leg felt a little sore. On taking him into a boat, his pantaloons were cut away, and in trying to get them off. a portion of the skin came with them. 11" had been scalded, but either did not know it, or was unwilling to complain. M. Butters speaks «f a gray-headed n»an, whose name he could not learn, wiio actixl like a hero. He was standing oil the wreck, holding a wounded person*, head above the water, and when asked if he was hurt, said no— not half as much as others about him. After rescuing those around, they took the old gentleman into the plunger, and found that his l»g was broken. He had, with the consciousness of his own injuries, helped all about him, only to be relieved when the rest had been picked up. Those in the boat could hardly believe it possible his leg was broken, from nis coolness and total unconsciousness of self, and d<sire to help tho»e worse oil' than be was. In yesterday's account, we inadvertently stated that the wife and family of Mr. Sanford were saved. It was, we learn, Mr. Sanford's mother, who is also the mother of Mrs. Banning, who was saved, but had a leg and an arm broken. A gentleman stated to us that when Mr. Banning was found, he was crawling out of the water up the bank of the creek, on hit hands and knees, and that his mind was wandering. As stated above, he is in a very precarious condition. It is supposed that considerable property was lost, as a large sum in gold dust w known to be on board the tug. Wells, Fargo 6c Co.'s Express was partially saved, bu wet and damaged. They have telegraphei and sent a messenger overland to look after every thing that may be found. Man valuable papers and documents, destined f business men here, were lost, and via create considerable annoyance. The cause of the explosion is accounted for in two ways. When she left the wharf the wind was blowing very fresh, and the passengers naturally got down to leeward to shelter themselves. This can nl her to heel over, and threw the water in the boiler on one side, exposing some of tho flues on the opposite tide to the fire. Turning a bend in the creek, the boat righted, and the water came in contact with the heated iron, and an explosion was the consequence. Another way of accounting for the catastrophe is, that the tide being very low before fUrting, water could not well be pumped into the boiler without drawing in the mud. The passengers may have been a little late, and each moment of delay exhausted a certain amount of the Water in the boiler. By the time the steamer was all ready to start, the water would, in nil probability, be low. After running the short distance she did, and Retting int« deeper water, the pumps may lave been started* and the cold water coming in suddenly, may have caused the explosion. These viows are expressed by persons here who know most of the circumstances attending the calamity. The stenmcr was known in these waters by the name of the Hilton Willit before she was purchased by Mr. Banning. — — Mat Festival.— Yesterday bain* the Ist of May wts tne of jubilee ud mirth with the mas 7 children who claim San Francisco a* their home. Our public Khooli, which hart been for torn* time among the moit notable features of Improvement in our midst, held a ntherinf at Hayes' Park, in which each school of the city was represented, and which resulted most satisfactorily to all aoncerned. Dineinc and mule was the order of the day, while to those of a more scientific turn of mind the numerous walks afforded fruitful study. An extraordinary feature of the present leases has been the change to holding some of the festivals during the day, while la former years, the evening hu been the time selected. The manner in wbieh the entertainment ratted off to the satiiiaetion of all, hu deraoniUated to thoae hxving la chart* the affair, the wisdom of ttatir eoune. In the evening the Greenwich street school had the honor of giving the Brut festival in the Dew Hall on Howard street | A va»t crowd of persons were present, among wnon the elorantly attired pupils of the fcbnol were the chief attractions. A May-pole planted in the centre of the Hall In front of tie stag*, was surrounded by the little ones, who danced and frolicked to their hearU' content . A beautiful girl, clad in white, wm crowned Queen of May in a very form J way. Hpeeche* uf presentation. eomplimwiUry aHiirenrs: mnsio. vocal and instruuicn'Hl, aDd dancing, kept the immense auJienee tog ettier until a very late hour. This afternoon and evening, UkM place in the same Mali thi SSSdißiul«alMaj feitlralof the fie» Francisco Grammar ichoeli. The proceeds of thil entertainment are. v we have before rUted. to be applied are it* dimensioni, will be filled by representative! •funwr dollars. ■