Charleston, SC Steamship BEDFORD Fire, Oct 1880
THE CHARLESTON COTTON FIRE.
FIRE STILL BURNING IN ONE STEAM-SHIP---LOSSES NOW ESTIMATED AT NEARLY $600,000.
CHARLESTON, S. C., Oct. 18.---The cotton fire which broke out on the North Commercial Wharf Sunday afternoon is still burning, but is completely under control. Early this morning a fire was discovered in the two forward compartments of the steam-ship Bedford, which had previously been hauled out into the stream. Five streams of water were poured into these compartments by the tugs Wade Hampton and Republic, and, after several hours of work, the fire was extinguished. The fire in the steam-shop Borrowdale still rages in the hold, although she has been scuttled and has had three streams of water pouring into her hold all day. Her machinery is considered totally destroyed, and the irons plates of her hull have been seriously warped. The vessel is very badly damaged and her cargo of 3.200 bales of cotton is, at this time, in imminent danger of being totally destroyed. The Travancore is not much injured, and is being pumped out. Surveys were held to-day on all of the damaged steamers, and it was determined to discharged their cargoes at once. Until this is done it will be impossible to form any correct estimate of the damage either to the steamers or their cargoes.
The damage to the real estate, to the cotton, and to the steam-ships is fully covered by insurance.
The New York Times, New York, NY 19 Oct 1880