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Explosion of the Steamship Dayton

 
 
Explosion of the Steamship Dayton Marker image. Click for full size.
By James Hulse, September 1, 2021
1. Explosion of the Steamship Dayton Marker
Inscription.  Shortly after the people of Texas voted to approve annexation to the U.S. in June 1845, the U.S. entered a boundary dispute between Texas and Mexico. President James K. Polk ordered General Zachary Taylor to position his troops on or near the Rio Grande. Corpus Christi was chosen as headquarters for the troops.
The steamer "Dayton" was carrying troops from Corpus Christi to St. Joseph's Island on September 12,1845 when a boiler burst near McGloin's Bluff (Ingleside). A second boiler blew as the boat plunged into the water. The remains of the vessel caught on fire and soon sank. A small boat picked up the wounded in the water following the explosions. Seven soldiers were killed, and one died several days later. A burial site was chosen here by Gen. Hitchcock and a military funeral took place the same day as the accident. The "Dayton" explosion victims buried here are: Lt. Benjamin A. Berry, age 28; Lt. Thaddeus Higgins, age 28; Richard Edwards, born in New York, age 33; John Hughes, born in Chambly, Canada, age 18; Alexander Iwanowski, born in Kamienic, Poland, age 39; James Johnson, born in Nottingham, England, age 36; James Marshall, born
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By Steve Gustafson, June 12, 2010
2. Explosion of the Steamship Dayton Marker
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in Newcastle, Pennsylvania, age 39; and Daniel McKerns, born in Chester, Pennsylvania, age 26.
 
Erected 1997 by Texas Historical Commission. (Marker Number 1519.)
 
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Cemeteries & Burial SitesMilitaryWar, Mexican-American. In addition, it is included in the Former U.S. Presidents: #12 Zachary Taylor series list. A significant historical month for this entry is June 1845.
 
Location. 27° 48.029′ N, 97° 23.959′ W. Marker is in Corpus Christi, Texas, in Nueces County. Marker is at the intersection of Ramirez Street and Padre Street, on the right when traveling west on Ramirez Street. Located in Bayview Cemetery next to entrance. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 1138 Ramirez Street, Corpus Christi TX 78401, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Old Bayview Cemetery (a few steps from this marker); James Downing (within shouting distance of this marker); Matthew Nolan (within shouting distance of this marker); Thomas S. Parker (within shouting distance of this marker); Old Bayview Mesquite (within shouting distance of this marker); George Owens (within shouting distance of this marker); William DeRyee (within
The view of the Explosion of the Steamship Dayton Marker in the cemetery image. Click for full size.
By James Hulse, September 1, 2021
3. The view of the Explosion of the Steamship Dayton Marker in the cemetery
shouting distance of this marker); Eli Todd Merriman (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Corpus Christi.
 
The graves of the victims of the “Dayton” explosion image. Click for full size.
By James Hulse, September 1, 2021
4. The graves of the victims of the “Dayton” explosion
Order of the graves - left to right - Lt. Benjamin A. Berry, age 28; Lt. Thaddeus Higgins, age 28; Richard Edwards, born in New York, age 33; John Hughes, born in Chambly, Canada, age 18; Daniel McKerns, born in Chester, Pennsylvania, age 26; James Johnson, born in Nottingham, England, age 36; James Marshall, born in Newcastle, Pennsylvania, age 39 and Alexander Iwanowski, born in Kamienic, Poland, age 39.
Old Bayview Cemetery sign image. Click for full size.
By Steve Gustafson, June 12, 2010
5. Old Bayview Cemetery sign
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on October 2, 2021. It was originally submitted on June 16, 2010, by Steve Gustafson of Lufkin, Texas. This page has been viewed 1,243 times since then and 136 times this year. Photos:   1. submitted on October 2, 2021, by James Hulse of Medina, Texas.   2. submitted on June 16, 2010, by Steve Gustafson of Lufkin, Texas.   3, 4. submitted on October 2, 2021, by James Hulse of Medina, Texas.   5. submitted on June 17, 2010, by Steve Gustafson of Lufkin, Texas. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.

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