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SPONTANEOUS COMBUSTION OF COAL CARGOES.

Issue 1 and Volume 3.

SPONTANEOUS COMBUSTION OF COAL CARGOES. Some interesting points were brought out at a late inquiry in Liverpool, England, into the burning of the Flora in the Indian ocean last August. The court, in giving judgment, held that the destruction of the vessel was entirely due to the spontaneous combustion of the cargo. There was no evidence before the court, although strict inquiry was made on this point, tending to show that any water had reached the cargo before the 19th of August, when the hose was played over the heated coal. The court could not discover any cause for the outbreak of the fire. As far as the ventilation of the vessel went, it seemed to have been adopted alter consideration, as the best and most effective mode of carrying such a cargo in safety. But one experienced shipmaster expressed a doubt as to the system adopted, and was inclined…

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