Wrench Starts Ship Explosion

Issue 3 and Volume 87.

Wrench Starts Ship Explosion Fire originating in a most unusual way on the waterfront at Charleston, S. C., recently destroyed sixty feet of the Sinclair Refining Company’s pier, seriously injured two men and caused the burning and sinking of the freight launch “Hero.” Damage to the plant was $5,000. The Charleston Fire Department units were unable to render much assistance because of frozen water mains. The “Hero” was taking on a cargo by loading drums of gasoline from a pipe line. A member of the crew was removing a bung from one of the drums with a monkey wrench. He dropped the wrench which struck steel and produced a spark. An explosion followed. The naval tug “Catawba” and the white-stack towboat “Cecelia” aided in fighting the fire, while a coastguard patrol boat kept guard to prevent the flaming freighter from drifting up the Cooper River to the Texas Oil Company’s…

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