Leadership

A SHIP AFIRE.

Issue 18 and Volume 1895 18.

A SHIP AFIRE. The lumber steamer St. Augustine on her regular trip between New York and Jacksonville, Fla., caught fire on October 21, about 20 miles off Cape Hatteras, S. C. She was apparently all right till nearly midnight of the day in question when the men at work in the fire room discovered a dense smoke proceeding from the coal bunkers, fire room, and engine room. Upon investigation it was found that the cargo in the main hold was on fire. This consisted of cases of merchandise, which were stowed nearly to the vessel’s deck, making it impossible to get at the fire. To remove the hatches meant the quicker destruction of the ship, and the hand fire extinguishers, hose and steam from the boilers were turned into the hold through the coal bunkers and the engine room, and the fight to save the ship began. For three-quarters of…

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