Saturday, 27 June 2015

PASSENGERS UNAWARE OF FIRE - KOOMBANA AND CELTIC.

Singleton Argus (NSW) Saturday 1 January 1910
FIRE ON A STEAMER.
The White Star Line steamer Celtichas arrived at Liverpool with the cargoof cotton in the hold on fire. There were400 passengers aboard, who were ignorant of the fire burning.
Many steamers of the era experienced fires on board. This is an example of how these fires were kept under wraps. In most cases the crew was able to contain the fire and the vessel arrived safely at port. Another example is the Koombana which made a hurried arrival at port and only when passengers awoke, were they aware of smoke. If there was a fire on the Waratah, I don't believe a fuss would have been made - until it was too late.



The steamer Prince George on fire.

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