The Annual Register; World Events ... Volume 103

The Annual Register; World Events ... Volume 103

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1862 edition. Excerpt: ...a nephew of Messrs. Bedart, also proceeded to the spot. Six of the men supported the pipe which ran across the roof of the chamber while the fitter and the enginedriver repaired the joint. Three other labourers were sent back, their services not being required. The men had been engaged for a short time in this operation, when those in other parts of the factory were alarmed by a loud rumbling noise accompanied with a heavy concussion which shook the neighbourhood--and followed by a terrific crash and a sudden rush of steam and smoke from the direction of the engine-house. The building was seen to be in ruins; but it was some minutes before any attempt could be made to approach the room where the unfortunate men had been at work. A scream of agony issued from the spot, and at length, when the smoke and steam had somewhat subsided, a descent was effected by some of the labourers into the place. A fearful scene presented jtself--the explosion had driven massive fragments of the boiler and the iron bars of the furnace direct at the poor fellows who were at work only a few feet off. Of the ten occupants of the narrow chamber, not one escaped. Two or three were dashed against the brick wall, and killed on the spot; others were frightfully burnt and scalded, and bleeding from fearful gashes on their hands and other parts of their bodies. The labourers from the adjacent wharfs, and the ships' crews from the river, lent a ready hand in extricating the sufferers; but five of the unfortunate men when taken up from the rooms were found to be dead; a sixth, the foreman, was conveyed to his residence and died shortly afterwards. The oilier four were removed to the Dreadnought Hospital ship, so fatally injured that two of them died the same night, and...show more

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  • Paperback | 468 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 24mm | 830g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236975723
  • 9781236975720