Steamship on Fire in the Harbor
A fire in the hold of the steamship Richmond, of the Atlantic Coast Lumber Company, while lying at the foot of East 26th street, recently, caused considerable excitement and made lively work for a time for the various tugs in the vicinity. After rescuing the crew the vessel was towed to Greenpoint, where the flames were extinguished. Members of the steamship crew at first tried to handle the fire without asking for help, but found themselves unable to cope with the dames, and then sounded a distress call. With incredible speed there darted from the neighboring docks seven fire lighting tugs and as many more volunteer aids to the threatened steamer. The hold of the ship was by this time thoroughly on fire. The smoke was dense, and the first work of the rescue tugs was to take from the ship three or four men who had been overcome by smoke as they tried in vain to check the dames. Suddenly. while the boat was overhung with a cloud of smoke, the wind changed. The change of breeze sent the steamer around with her nose headed up the river. And instantly there shot from her a line of dame that seemed to have broken out on all sides. As the flames appeared the spectators on shore saw a man leap from thedeck to a tug below, lie was followed by another and still another man. until the line of fire lighters. escaping from the vessel, resembled a procession of hurdle racers, taking a high hurdle.