News from 1914: LINER BALTIC BUMPED BY COMAL IN CHANNEL

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The Sun, New York, 19 November 1914
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LINER BALTIC BUMPED BY COMAL IN CHANNEL
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Suction From White Star Ship Pulls in Vessel One-Fifth Her Size

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The Mallory liner Comal, which is about one-fifth the tonnage of the White
Star steamship Baltic, sailed from her North River pier yesterday afternoon
a bit later than usual because she had a bumper cargo of nearly 2,000 tons
of merchandise to get below hatches The Baltic was also doing stunts in
stowing cargo and was delayed.

The quickest way to sea is by Ambrose Channel, and the Comal went out by the
straight, deep fairway around 3 o'clock. Presently the Baltic came along
astern and whistled twice, meaning that she was going to pass the Comal on
the port side. Everything was serene, including the sea, and passengers on
both ships gathered at the rails to wave things at one another and exchange
a few kind words. There were sixty cabin passengers aboard the Comal.

Capt. McIntosh of the Comal made gallant effort by throwing his helm hard
over to prevent the suction of the greater ship, making about 15 knots, from
dragging him over. He thought he was clear when a great shock came. The
port bow of the Mallory ship was drawn swiftly against the heavy steel
plates of the Baltic amidships and for a moment the two ships ran along
together. The Baltic stopped and the Comal fell away.

It was seen that the big ship had suffered no appreciable damage, but
several bow plates of the Comal were dented, steam pipes of her winches
fractured and her capstan broken. The incident seemed so trivial to the
passengers that they were surprised to find themselves going back to the
Mallory Line pier. The Comal was undamaged below the water line and seemed
all right when she docked last evening. The ship will be held here a week
for repairs, her passengers being sent South by rail.

The Baltic stopped a few minutes near the spot where she sideswiped the
Comal, about three miles north of Sandy Hook, and finding that nothing ailed
her, proceeded for Liverpool. She carries 82 first cabin, 94 second cabin
and 298 steerage passengers, among whom are many British reservists.

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