Sunday, 26 June 2016

COAL FIRE FOLLOWED BY DEVASTATING EXPLOSION.

The West Australian, Saturday 9 April, 1910.

FIRE ON EMIGRANT SHIP.
PASSENGERS PANIC-STRICKEN.
DISCIPLINE OF BRITISH CREW.
DISASTER AVERTED.
London, April 8.

The Newcastle liner Cavinrona, bound
for the United States with 900 Russian
and Armenian emigrants, was off Beachy
Head, in the English Channel, yesterday, 
when her coal bunkers were discovered 
to be on fire.

An alarming explosion, which blew one
of the hatchways to pieces and injured 20
of the passengers, created the wildest
panic. The terror-stricken passengers
fought madly with each other as the
boats were being lowered. Many of the
male emigrants attempted to rush the
boats reserved for the women, and in the
violent struggle which took place one
woman's spine was broken.

A coal bunker fire could ultimately result in an explosion and disaster...



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