Old Point Comfort, VA (Off Shore) Battleship DELAWARE Explosion, Jan 1911

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WARSHIP EXPLOSION KILLS EIGHT SEAMEN.

THEIR BODIES ARE DRAGGED FROM THE DELAWARE'S STEAM-FILLED BOILER ROOM
ANOTHER DYING.

STORY TOLD BY WIRELESS.

BATTLESHIP WAS SAILING TO HAPOTON ROADS FROM CUBA TO CONVEY THE CHILEAN MINISTER'S BODY HOME.

Washington, Jan. 17. -- Eight men met instant death and one man was so badly burned that he probably will die as a result of a boiler explosion aboard the battleship Delaware at 9:20 o'clock this morning, the cause of which is as yet unexplained, according to a wireless message tonight to the Navy Department from Capt. GOVE.
The Delaware was on her way to Hampton Roads from Guantanamo, Cuba, and had been designated
to transport the body of Senor Cruz, late Chilean Minister to the United States, back to Chile, instead of the South Carolina, whose propeller met with a mishap.
The nine victims were on duty in the boiler room when the accident occurred. A terrific shock sent the crew scurrying below and nine bodies were dragged from the cloud of hot steam that hissed through the hold.
Capt. GOVE'S message to the Navy Department reads:
"At 9:20 A.M., Jan. 17, three backheaders, Nos. 8, 9, and 10 of Boiler "0" in Fireroom 4 blew out explosively, killing eight and injuring one, who will probably die, these being all the men on duty in the fireroom. Board of officers appointed immediately to investigate and report. Not yet reported. Extent of damage is ten backheaders injured in Boiler "0". Cause not yet placed."
The dispatch also stated that details of the accident would be telegraphed to the department when the vessel arrived at the Norfolk Navy Yard.
The dead are:
CHARLES HENRY HARP, fireman.
WILLIAM MORRIS WHITE, fireman.
COLUMBUS PORTER WATTS, fireman.
HERBERT ANDERSON BREWER, fireman.
LEWIS ADDISON WHITE, coal passer.
CLARENCE DE WITT, coal passer.
CHRISTIAN JENSEN, water tender.
An unknown man.
EUGENE PHILLIPS, a fireman, was badly injured.
HARP came from Violet, Ky., and had been in the navy some three years.
WILLIAM MORRIS WHITE, who had been in the service one year, was from Vicksburg, Miss., where his father, S. P. White, lives. WATTS was a resident of Fairmont, Ga., and leaves a father, Pleasant M. Watts, there. He had been in the service about three years. BREWER was a native of Hermitage, Tenn., and had been in the service one year. His next of kin was India Brewer, an aunt, of Hermitage. LEWIS ADDISON WHITE was from Beaver Dam, Wis., where his uncle, Charles White, lies. He had been in the service one year.
DE WITT was a resident of New Florence, Penn., where his mother, Mrs. Kate De Witt, survives him.

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