Transport: Nantasket Test

Into the middle of the James River near Lee Hall, Va., last week tugs towed from her anchorage the dirty, 389-ft. freighter Nantasket, built in 1918 for the Wartime Emergency fleet. Aboard were experts appointed by the U. S. Senate's Commerce Committee to find ways of preventing future fires at sea as fatal as the Morro Castle disaster. While spectators lined the nearby shores, the experts proceeded to do their best to burn up the Nantasket.

Specially constructed on the ship were eight staterooms made of wood, metal and asbestos panels submitted as...

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