Leadership

HOW SHIP FIRES ARE DISCOVERED

Issue 4 and Volume 15.

HOW SHIP FIRES ARE DISCOVERED While statistics prove that a person aboard ship is six times safer than the ordinary citizen in his own home, one marine risk which holds more terrifying possibilities than any other is that of fire. A simple means of checking vessel fires before they are fairly started, is described in the April issue of Marine Review, Cleveland. The article states by a recent improvement of the Rich system for fire protection, the faintest trace of smoke in a vessel’s hold is made immediately visible to the officer on duty in the wheelhouse by means of lights. The technique of the system is simple. It merely converts the steam smothering lines required on all ships into a detecting system as well as an extinguishing system. The pipes already leading from each hold to the main line in the engine room are continued up to the wheelhouse,…

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