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EUBSTING OF A 88-TON GUN.

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EUBSTING OF A 88-TON GUN. NINE MEN KILLED AND THIRTY-THREE WOUNDED. A telegram received, from Yice-Admiral B G. Plupps Honiby, dated Ismid, January 2nd, sayg ;— J One 38-ton gun, on board the Thunderer, Urat this morning, killing Lieutenant oker and Lieutenant Daniel, ft. M. A.; saac Grover and John Roche, petty officers; George H. Bathnd, William Monday and illiain [name indistinct], leading seamen enry p^el, able seaman and Thomas olton, Corporal Royal Marines. The gun burst just before the trunnion, the muzzle blowing overboard. The gun had been fired with a battering charge, when it was burst it was loaded only with a full charge and an empty shell. Mr Jackson, boatswain, and 32 men wounded, 12 badly. The turret is disabled. e ship is otherwise uninjured. will report the condition of the wounded to-morrow. The bursting of the Thunderer's 38-ton gto was received at Woolwich, on Friday, g1 1 lning] ed consternation and incredulity, uch an accident had never occurred since the introduction of the Woolwich system, and hitherto it had been found impossible to produce the sudden bursting of one of these guns, which are made of tough wrought iron to spirals. The exploded gun was, for its calibre, one of the two heaviest and strongest in the British Navy, being a twelve-inch bore, whilst the later thirty-eights .are of twelve and a-half inch diameter. The twelve inch bore permitted of the same ammunition fcaing used as for the thirty-five-ton gnns. •The gun therefore was served with but 110 pounds battering charge and 0 0 <00 pounds shot, the later guns using 800 shot and 160 pounds of powder. The oolwich authorities think the bursting toust have been caused by careless loading, the shot not being rammed home. The Thunderer is the most powerful ironclad in the British navy. It was not long since a boiler exploded on board the Thunderer frailst a trial of her machinery was being taade at Portsmouth, and a large number of aien were killed and injured. [SPECIAL TELEGRAM.! Deep interest is felt at Devonport in the ex- plosion on the Thunderer, its officers being so *<"ell-known there. Lieutenant Augustus Heyliger Poker, one of the killed, is an officer who has seen Jiuch service for so young a man for although ,e only obtained his commission in 1870, he was a conspicuous member of the Naval Brigade which marched t> Cooinas.de, and was selected for pro. Oiction in consequence of his services in that Campaign. He has since been serving on board the Bosca'.ven Training Ship at Portland. Lieut. Daniel onlv joined the Royal Marines four years ago.

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