Norfolk, VA Battleship Vermont Boiler Explosion, Nov 1912


Boiler Head Blows Out on the Vermont----Four Others Seriously Hurt.

Special to The New York Times.

NORFOLK, Va., Nov. 2.----As a result of the blowing out of a boiler head on the battleship Vermont early this morning, two members of the crew were killed, and four others seriously injured. The accident occurred on the Sound drill grounds, a few miles beyond the Virginia Capes.

The dead are: MICHAEL VINCENT HORAN, coal passer, and RICHARD M. WAGNER, foreman of the second class.

The injured are: J. W. Newberry, M. W. Green, C. K. Hoteling, and H. W. Cramer, all members of the crew and regularly enlisted.

The Vermont, with other ships of the fleet, was on the drill grounds preparatory to the opening of the Fall target practice and maneuvers, which begins on Monday. At the time of the accident the battleship was laying to, and there was only a moderate head of steam on. It was the head of boiler No. 6 which blew out. The entire fire crew were in the boiler room, and all were scalded by the boiling water and steam which quickly filled the room.

The Vermont rushed for port with the injured men, sending a wireless message for the hospital ship Solace. The Solace met the Vermont in Hampton Roads, and the injured men were immediately transferred and rushed to the Norfolk Naval Hospital.

The commander of the Vermont announces that the damage to the battleship is of a minor nature. She will proceed at once to the Norfolk Navy Yard for repairs.

The Navy Department at Washington has ordered an investigation of the accident, to place the responsibility, if any exists. The bodies of the dead men are being held aboard the Solace for instructions from relatives as to what disposition shall be made of them.

The New York Times, New York, NY 3 Nov 1912