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|113k||USED Snagboat John R. Meigs probably at New Orleans, date unknown.
During the Spanish-American War in 1898, the Mississippi River below Forts Jackson and St. Phillip downriver from New Orleans, was mined to prevent the approach of the Spanish fleet. Meigs drew the assignment of removing the mines once the war ended. On 1 September 1898 a mine exploded under of on the forecastle destroying the foredeck of the boat clear back to the pilothouse. Pilot J.C. Davis was not injured although the pilothouse was destroyed. Engineer J.W. Lane was blown into the river but escaped injury. A maid also survived, but the rest of the crew perished. Neither the wreck nor the victims were recovered.
Crew members: CAPT. Phinras Starr; Sgt. John Newman and Pvt. Pat Carlos, US Army Engineer Corps; J.D, Malone, fireman; Ralph Rogers and Harry Jackson, deckhands; J.C. Davis, pilot; J.W. Lane, engineer.
University of Wisconsin-Madison Digital Library
|139k||USED Snagboat John R. Meigs probably at New Orleans in 1896.
Army Corps of Engineers River Snagboat John R. Meigs Photographs, Louisiana Digital Library, Baton Rouge, La.
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