News from 1900: FIRE ON THE STEAMER BOVIC

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New-York Tribune, 7 August 1900
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Retrieved from the Library of Congress' Chronicling America web site,
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FIRE ON THE STEAMER BOVIC
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STARTS IN SOME COTTON BALES, BUT IS RESTRICTED BY PROMPT WORK
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Fire on the White Star freight steamship Bovic, lying in her berth at Pier
No 49, North River, early yesterday morning did damage estimated by the
police at $1,000. Shortly after 4 o'clock, while all the crew but the night
watch were asleep, quartermaster Anderson saw smoke coming out of hold No.
3, nearly amidships and raised an alarm. The men at first tried to put the
fire out themselves, but when they found that it was cotton that was ablaze
they called on the city for help.

Five nearby companies were at the pier within a few moments after the alarm
was rung in, and the fireboat New-Yorker, from Pier 1, North River, answered
the summons, too, but her services were not needed. The fireman got their
hose into the hold and drove the fire inside the bales. These were taken out
to the deck one by one and thoroughly wet down. Then they were placed on
trucks and rushed over the pier to the street, where they were again
flooded. On the dock, close to where the charred bales were being carried,
there were hundreds of bales of uncovered cotton, but these, the steamship
company's men say, were at no time in danger. Seventeen bales were dumped in
the street. It is thought that $1,000 will cover the damage done.

The Bovic, which sails to-morrow for Liverpool, was partly loaded with a
general cargo.

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