CATASTROPHE: Fairfax & Pinthis

In a fog which last week shrouded the Atlantic seaboard, the 5,600-ton packet

Fairfax of Merchants & Miners Transportation Co. groped out of Boston Harbor, Baltimore-bound. Turning down the coast past Scituate, Mass., she quickened her pace. Just at dusk her 76 passengers, including Vice President D. R. McNeil of the company, and the crew of 80, felt her swerve, stagger. Rushing on deck they saw a horrifying fiery geyser — "like an umbrella of flame"; — rise skyward at the bow, found themselves enveloped in it. Their vessel had rammed...

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