Cape Canaveral, FL Ocean Liner MOMUS Fire, Jul 1910


Officials Confident That Fire Will Be Subdued---List of Passengers.

The first news that the Southern Pacific steamship Momus was afire at sea reached the local office of the line early yesterday morning. It was a message from Capt. J. S. Boyd to C. W. Jungen, manager of the line, via the wireless station at Charleston. It read:

Momus on fire 2 o'clock yesterday. Anchored in twelve fathoms of water. Fire in after lower hold. Passengers transferred safely to Comus. Comus standing by to give any aid required. No excitement on board. Fire under control. Everything working well. -CAPT. BOYD.

Another message from Capt. C. P. Maxson of the Comus was received later, stating that the passengers of the Momus were on board his vessel and he was standing by.

The Momus sailed from here on Wednesday for New Orleans. She carried a general cargo and, according to her printed list, eighty-one first and five second cabin passengers. The fire was discovered Friday afternoon, when the vessel was in the vicinity of Cape Canaveral, on the East Coast of Florida. Nothing is known here regarding the transfer of her passengers to the Comus but the company officials say that the weather was good and the sea calm, and they believe it was attended by little trouble and less excitement.

The Comus is bound to this port from New Orleans, and as the vessels of the line generally pass between Cape Jupiter and Canaveral Light, Mr. Jungen, the local manager, presumes that Capt. Boyd, on the discovery of fire, ran his ship near shore, anchored her in twelve fathoms of water, and sent a message to the Comus that he was in need of help, and she came in response to his call.