The Ill Fated Steamer, the Gazelle
contributed by Addie Dyal Rickey
ARRIVAL of the GAZELLE
This beautiful little up river steamer arrived at our landing on Saturday last, about . This was her first trip, and she made it handsomely, bringing a large number of passengers and a heavy freight. Among the passengers were Bishop Simpson of the M. E. Church, just arrived from the states, on his way to attend the annual conference now in session in Benton Co., Mr Jones of the firm of Jones, Cook & Co., and Mr. Robb, of the firm of May and Robb of this place, from San Francisco – All speak in highest terms of the new boat.
By invitation of her enterprising chief owner, Mr. Page, and gentlemanly Captain Hereford, we went on board to dine at Seated at the table of the elegant saloon of the Gazelle, with some fifty Ladies and Gentlemen. All were politely entertained with a feast of good things, as well as, “of reason and the flow of soul.” The hour passed most pleasantly.
Yesterday morning the Gazelle
left for Takena and
The Gazelle is of beautiful model and of the right size and draught to be
a successful boat on the upper river.
She sits like a duck on the water and moves like “a thing of life,” She belongs to the river transportation
line established by the Willamette Falls Transportation company, who have
established their business on liberal terms, meriting public patronage.
We willingly comply with a request to publish the proceedings of an impromptu meeting, held on board the new
steamer Gazelle, on her first trip to
The party was accompanied by the Saxe Horn Band of Salem, who contributed very materially to the enlivenment and entertainment of the company.
Not the least interesting incident of the excursion was the marriage of
Dr. E. C. Adair, of
The party was highly entertained with several Tyrolean Songs by
Messers.Burnhold & Klein, of
After the adjournment of the meeting, whose proceedings we publish; a
spirited Woman’s Rights meeting was convened, the proceedings of which were not
furnished us in consequence, it is presumed, of our being an anti woman’s rights
man. The meeting passed off with a
great éclat and the speeches were
vehemently cheered. We hope every
member of the party may live to enjoy a thousand similar excursions.
At a meeting of the passengers on the Gazelle, convened in the cabin, on motion of Judge Terry, E. M. Barnum was called to the chair, and J. G. Wilson elected secretary. The purpose of the meeting having been stated, a committee of three messers. C. N. Terry, E. N. Cooke, and J. McCraken, were appointed to draft resolutions, indicative of the sentiments of the passengers, who reported the following, which were adopted by acclimation:
Resolved – That the guests on board the steamer Gazelle, upon her first trip from Linn City to Corvallis, March 20th, 1854, tender to the owners and officers of the boat, their most cordial thanks, for the highly complimentary and generous entertainment given so freely on this occasion.
Resolved – That the genuine urbanity of Mr. D. Page, the President of the Company, and the gentlemanly conduct of Captain R. Hereford, bestow the highest credit upon their successful efforts; and are a sure guarantee of the future usefulness of the Company’s enterprise, which has so auspiciously begun;
Resolved – That the general cheerfulness, and universal satisfaction exhibited on the part of the ladies, is a certain indication of the continued popularity of the Gazelle, and it is our wish that the Gazelle may long continue so to run;
Resolved – That the thanks of the passengers be tendered in the Leader of the “Capital Saxe Horn Band,” for their most excellent music afforded during the trip; also to the Officers of this meeting;
Resolved – That we all join in subscribing to the resolution, and to the pleasure afforded us, one and all – and that these proceedings be published in the papers of the territory.
LADIES – Mrs. Durham, Barker, E. N. Cooke, J. Cooke, Ganung, Hendee,
Watson Barnum, Strang, Kountz.
GENTLEMEN – A. W.
With three cheers for boat crew, etc., this meeting adjourned.
J. G. Wilson E. M. BARNUM
EXPLOSION of the GAZELLE
The following authentic information is from the pen of C. P. Culver, Esq.
Mr. GROVER; one of the most heart rending calamities that has, perhaps,
ever occurred on the coast of the Pacific, happened at Canemah, this morning, at
about 7 o’clock, A. M. The new
steamer Gazelle. Belonging to the
“Willamette Falls Canal, Milling, and Transportation Company, while lying
alongside the wharf boat, at Canemah, receiving freight, and but a few minutes
before her intended departure for
1. Mr. David Page,
4. Rev. Jas. P. Miller, Takenah;
6. David Fuller,
7. Cyrus Wadsworth, near
8. Samuel F. Burch, Polk
county, formerly of
9. James White,
10. J. M. Fudge, Canemah, Pilot of the Wallamet;
11. W. S. Morgan, Rickreal, Polk county;
12. Daniel Lowe, passenger his residence unknown;
13. Antonio, a Spaniard, Dalles, on his way to the mines;
14. ------ Blanchet, St. Pauls, O. T.;
Of those attached to the boat, there were killed; --
15. John Daly, cabin boy;
John K. Miller, deck-hand, of
17. John Bloomer, deck-hand, residence unknown;
18. ------ Hatch, deck-hand;
19. Michael McGee, fireman;
1. ------ Hill, Takenah;
2. Charles Knaust,
3. David McLane;
1. W. L. White, Canemah, knocked down by splinters while standing on the bank;
2. Lavina Pell, Champoeg, slightly scalded and cut in the forehead;
3. Mrs. J. P. Miller, wife of Rev. Mr. Miller, of Takenah, who was killed,
two ribs broken;
4. H. Royce, Linn city, slightly injured;
5. Mr. Murphy, Deputy Surveyor, severely injured;
6. Mr. Shortess,
7. Charles T. Gardiner,
8. Miss White,
9. J. Herald, Indiana, slightly scalded;
B. F. Newby,
11. Robert F. Rains;
12. Robert Pentland, scalded slightly;
D. J. Davis,
16. Henry Wilson, scalded slightly;
17. Mr. Hubbard, Cincinnatti, O. T., badly scalded;
Of those employed on the boat, three were injured:
18. Capt. R. Hereford, slightly scalded;
19. Pascal Plant, 2nd Engineer, severely scalded and bruised while at his post;
20 James Partlow, Pilot, bruised slightly;
21. John Boyd, Mate, both arms broken and severely scalded;
22. James Stanfield, Steward, slightly hurt;
23. Preston Black, Assistant Steward, slightly scalded;
24. An Indian, leg broke;
25. John Craul, a boy, severely scalded;
26. Joseph Latshaw, slightly injured;
1. The little daughter of Rev. Mr. Miller, of Takenah;
2. Z. Crowell, Clerk of Gazelle;
3. Mr. Joseph Tonie, Chief Engineer;
4/ Wm. Latham, passenger;
5. Mrs. Plant, wife of 2nd Engineer, and child;
The foregoing is a correct list, so far as is known, up to the present hour. – Sunday.
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