Saturday, 20 May 2017

FIRE ON SUMATRA.

Chronicle, Adelaide, 14 November, 1929.

STEAMERS ON FIRE
SUMATRA AND ABBEKERK
BOTH OUTBREAKS
EXTINGUISHED
CAPE TOWN. November 7.
The Dutch cargo steamer Sumatra
returned to the docks to-day after a
night at sea with her cargo of wool
on fire. Smoke was discovered at 11
o'clock last night. The ventilators were
plugged and water was played on the
hatch. Fire engines awaited the arrival 
of the vessel at the docks. When the 
cargo was discharged the covering
of the propeller shaft was found to be
scorched.

Interesting to note that the ventilators were plugged, reducing draught.



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