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BATTLESHIP SUNK. TBRIDE ADMIRALS DROWNED. 212 LIVES LOST. A despatch from Rio de Janeiro says that an taplosion occurred at midnight on Sunday night on board the Brazilian ironclad Aquidaban at the small port of Jacarepagna, to the south of Rio de Janeiro. The ship sank, and it is reported that 212 men perished, ninety-eight, of whom thirty-six were injured, being saved. The Aquidaban sank in three minutes as the result of an explosion in the powder maga- zine. She was accompanying a flotilla escorting the cruiser Barroso, which is conveying the Minister of Marine and an official party on a tour of inspection of sites for the construction of a naval yard. The number on board the Aqui- daban was larger than the vessel's usual com- plement owing to sleeping accommodation hav- ing been provided on her for a number of naval omoers, Government officials,, and others in con- nection with the inquiry. Among those drowned were Rear-Admirals Rodrigo Darocha, Calheiros de Graca, Candido brasil; five captains — Alves, Barros, Santos, Porto, and Mariosilva; and a reporter of the Journal de Brazil. It is b believed that the explosion was due to an elec- trical short circuit. Nearly all the officers of the Aquidaban were killed or injured. The Aquidaban had an interesting career. She was built at Poplar; launched in 1885, and completed two years later. She was a vessel of 4,950 tons displacement, with a length of 280ft. and a beam of 52ft., and a speed of fifteen knots. She had an armour-belt llin. in thick- ness. Exclusive of guns, the Aquidaban cost £345,000. Her complement was 350. As a fighting ship the Aquidaban was looked upon at the time of a Brazilian revolution in 1895 as a smart vessel. She mounted four Arm- strong 6in. guns, fourteen Nordenfelt njachine guns, and was fitted with five torpedo tubes and eight spare tubes. She was practically rebuilt in 1897.

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