National Affairs: Wilted Flower

Once Ogden Goelet's yacht, then a despatch boat for the U. S. Navy, then the presidential yacht Mayflower, a trim white ship lay tied up in Philadelphia last week being changed once more into a naval craft to serve in the Caribbean. Fire broke out in her stern. It raged forward, reached and sent rocketing some explosives, injured two fire-fighting seamen, got completely out of control. The firefighters had to withdraw and watch the withered Mayflower burn and sink until her bow rested on the bottom of the Delaware River.


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