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Statistics with Reference to Fires on Shipboard

Issue 16 and Volume 69.

Statistics with Reference to Fires on Shipboard One of Most Dreadful Perils of the Sea—Losses of Lives and Property from This Cause—Some Startling Figures—Remedial Measures Suggested Associate Member, Society of Naval Architects and Marine Engineers FIRE on shipboard is generally considered to be one of the most dreaded perils of the sea. The report of the Supervising Inspector General of the Steamboat Inspection Service, U. S. Department of Commerce, for the year ending June 30, 1914, states “It is believed that the greatest peril which has to be met on board ship is fire.” Notwithstanding this fact, it is a difficult matter to compile statistics on the subject Fortunately, however, United States Statutes compel shipowners to make full reports of casualties to the Supervising Inspectors of the several districts, from whom they are sent to the Supervising General of the Steamboat Inspection Service, in Washington, D. C., and by him…

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