Three Boats and Wharf Burn

Issue 21 and Volume 53.

Three Boats and Wharf Burn Two ferryboats and a barge in drydock at the Shooters Island Shipbuilding Company’s yards in the Kill Von Kull were recently destroyed by fire, which started in one of the ferryboats and quickly spread to the other craft. Alongside the ferryboat, which was the Fordham, lay the express float of the New Haven railroad. Next to the express was the barge Sumner, owned by the McAllister Towing Line. There is no municipal fire-fighting force on Shooters Island, and the flames got beyond the control of the watchman, leaping quickly from the express to the Sumner, and soon all three boats were burning The fireboat New Yorker and other marine lire craft from Brooklyn reached the island in time to save the tiOO-foot pier and to prevent further spread of the flames inland, but the shore end of the pier and the three boats were a…

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