Providence, RI Steamship CONCORD Fire, Oct 1922


116 Passengers Transferred From Concord to Mohegan Off Watch Hill.


Negro Porters and Stokers Accused of Donning Life Preservers First and Deserting.

PROVIDENCE, R. I., Oct. 19.---The 116 passengers of the steamship Concord of the Colonial Line, bound from New York for Providence, which caught fire off Watch Hill at 2 o'clock this morning, on their arrival here after being transferred to the steamship Mohegan, commended Captain George C. Cobb of the Concord and Captain Fred M. Hamlen of the Mohegan for their seamanship and gallantry, and the captains in turn complimented the passengers for their coolness in the face of danger.

The fire broke out in a forward freight compartment and the seamen had to chop through the salon deck to get at it. The passengers were transferred from the Concord to the freighter Mohegan while both vessels were twelve miles off shore at one of the roughest spots on the Rhode Island coast and while a northwest wind was blowing thirty miles an hour. Fortunately the swell was not heavy enough to require the use of a gangplank in transferring the passengers.

Fifteen officers and men of the Mohegan's crew went aboard the Concord to help fight the flames which were subdued in two hours. Some of the Concord's passengers took hold of the hose lines with members of the crew and stayed aboard to fight the flames.

Passengers reported that five negro porters and stokers were the first to don life preservers and that these men were discharged by Captain Cobb. He reported that the men had deserted the ship. Officers of the Mohegan gave over their quarters to the Concord's passengers.

Officials of the Colonial line could not estimate the amount of damage to the cargo, which consisted of silk, tobacco and general merchandise. Seamen from the Mohegan who helped put out the fire said that the cargo was practically destroyed and that most of the burning freight was thrown overboard before the blaze could be extinguished.

The New York Times, New York, NY 20 Oct 1922