• Short Summary

    The fire on board the 60,000 ton American aircraft-carrier "Constellation" at the Brooklyn Navy Yard, New York, was finally extinguished at 3 a.

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    LV. "Constellation"
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    SV. Navy official goes aboard.
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    SCU. Ditto.
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    LU PAN.. Ruined interior of ship.
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    LV. DITTO.
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    CU. Smoking pipes and valves.
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    SV. PAN.. Ditto.
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    CU. Shoes.
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    SCU. Twisted pipes.
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    LV. Burned Exterior.
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    Background: The fire on board the 60,000 ton American aircraft-carrier "Constellation" at the Brooklyn Navy Yard, New York, was finally extinguished at 3 a.m. December 20. Wooden scaffolding and discarded timber covering the deck was largely blamed for the fire which killed 48 men.

    A Naval court of enquiry was told by New York Fire Officials that the blaze - estimated damage was GBP27 million - would probably have been confined to a small area if it had not been for the wooden materials.

    After being sprayed with paraffin from a punctured jet fuel tank, the timber acted as a great wick and swept the fire throughout the 1,047 foot vessel. One fire official commented "it was like a timber yard fire.

    American Navy representatives said that once the "Constellation" put to sea, such a fire would have been impossible. In only three or four months, work on the GBP90 million carrier would have been completed, but the internal fire-fighting system was not ready to be used.

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    Film ID:
    VLVA6GHQJR5VZOLXKWDHRR46ZH4HH
    Media URN:
    VLVA6GHQJR5VZOLXKWDHRR46ZH4HH
    Group:
    Reuters - Including Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    21/12/1960
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:00:58:00
    Time in/Out:
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    Canister:
    N/A

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