Tuesday, 25 July 2017

Boiler explosion on board of British protected cruiser HMS Blake according to the Dutch magazine Marineblad dated 1903-1904 no. 7

An item referred to the Mittheilungen dated October 1903 reporting that on board of the British 9.150 tons cruiser 1st class Blake (speed 21,5 miles) during the manoeuvres of the X-fleet a boiler exploded one stoker and with 4 stokers badly burned by the steam and boiling water. Two of them later died due to their wounds.(1)

1. Part of the Blake-class protected cruisers, .consisting of the Blake and Blenheim, preceded by the Orlando-class and succeeded by the Edgar-class. Laid down at the Chatham Dockyard, England in July 1888m launched on 23 November 1889, destroyer depot ship since 1907 and sold to be broken up on 9 June 1922. Her machinery consisted of 4-4 cylinder triple expansion steam engines and 6 double-ended cylindrical boilers.