"Adriatic"---Coal Bunker Explosion-----

"Adriatic"---Coal Bunker Explosion-----

Postby Thomas Golembiewski on Sat Jan 03, 2015 2:02 am

Chicago Tribune, Saturday, August 12, 1922:

5 OF CREW DIE AS BLAST ROCKS LINER ADRIATIC

Aboard the Steamship Adriatic, off New England, Aug. 11---[By Wireless to the Associated Press]---An explosion occurring today aboard the steamship Adriatic in the reserve coal hatch killed five members of the crew and injured four others.

The explosion, which took place at 1:30 a.m., was caused by spontaneous combustion. No passengers were killed. Of the five members of the crew who were killed, one was believed to have been blown overboard.

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[same], Monday, August 14, 1922, p. 13, c. 1:

Thousands Greet Liner in New York

New York, August 13--[Special]--The White Star liner Adriatic bearing few outward marks of the explosion that racked it at 1:30 o'clock Friday morning ominously close to the spot where the Titanic sank, slipped into its pier shortly after 8 o'clock tonight to the joy of anxious relatives of its 1,402 passengers and crew members.

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This coal bunker explosion is what could've happened to RMS Titanic . . . if the iceberg hadn't shown up . . . . These items show how dangerous these fires could be . . .
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