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GAS EXPLOSION WRECKS TANKER UNDERGOING REPAIRS IN DRY DOCK

Issue 23 and Volume 79.

GAS EXPLOSION WRECKS TANKER UNDERGOING REPAIRS IN DRY DOCK Accumulation of Gases in Oil Tanks Is Ignited by Acetylene Torches of Workmen—Foam Extinguishes Flames AN explosion which wrecked the Norwegian Tanker “Man tilla”, from Tonsberg, Norway, and caused the death of at least nine men and the serious injury of many others, occurred at the Bethlehem Shipbuilding Corporation, Sparrows Point, Md., on November 19, at about 11 :45 a. m. The vessel was undergoing repairs in drydock. The blast, which blew off the deck of the tanker, set fire to the vessel and showered the neighboring docks and structures with debris, one piece of steel 30 feet long, eight feet wide and weighing several tons being carried to the deck of the steamer Mount Clary, in an adjoining drydock. The scene on the deck of the vessel directly after the explosion was described by eve-witnesses as terrible, parts of bodies…

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