Foreign News: Disaster

The guns of the dreadnought Duilio were booming and belching smoke, fire and steel. In the turret, a boom and a belch sounded above the rest: a 305-millimetre* gun had blown up: 7 were killed, 30 wounded. The ship immediately caught fire. The magazines were flooded as a precautionary measure but the fire was extinguished before irreparable damage was caused. The accident was due to a backfire into an imperfectly closed breach.

*Approximately 12-inch.

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