BURNING OF A. P. R. R. FERRY BOAT.
Jersey City was the scene of the burning of the Pennsylvania railway ferryboat, New Brunswick,while she was lying in the slip at the foot of Exchange place. At 3.15 a. m. the night watchman discovered the fire and immediately awoke George Provost and his nephew of the same name, the engineer and fireman, who were asleep in their bunks in the upper cabin at the back of the pilot house. They had hardly left their bunks before these were in flames. The three men then tried to pull up the fireplug so as to flood the boat; then, finding that impossible,turned in an alarm for the Pennsylvania Railroad Company’s fire department to come to their assistance.
Its members being unable to handle the blaze,the department of Jersey City was next rung up. Assistant Chief Denmead was the first to leap aboard and go down the hatch into the hold, but had to beat a hasty retreat, half suffocated. As it was seen that the combined efforts of the two departments were useless to extinguish the fire, which was by this time endangering the ferry slip and the railway station, several tugs belonging to the company were made fast to the New Brunswick, plucky deck hands making the connection, and the tugs,attaching themselves to the hawser and giving a long, strong pull all together dragged her out into midstream: She was then afire all her length of 190 feet, the flames bursting out from her upper and lower decks and shooting high into the air, lighting up the darkness all round. Two New York tireboats joined in throwing water upon the New Brunswick; bilrall to no purpose; for just as she reached midstream the hawsers caught fire and snapped asunder like burning tow. She then floated up above the ferry towards Vanderbeek’s lumber yard, on which the tugs,nursing her with their noses, kept her head down stream towards Liberty Island, where at 5 o’clock a. m. she stuck on a shoal west of the statue and was burned to the water’s edge.
This is the third time the New Brunswick, which was built at South Brooklyn in i860 as a single decker, has come to grief. She was first badly damaged by a collision in 1S88 during the great blizzard, and was next burned to the water’s FIRE ON THE EAST SIDE, NEW YORK, edge on April 17,1889, when she was rebuilt as a double decker. Her loss will cost the Pennsylvania Railroad Company, $120,000 (fully insured). She will probably not be rebuilt, as her ruin and that of her machinery is complete.