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SPAIN'S BOY KING. I

THE QUEEN AND CAPE TOWN CATHEDRAL.

THE VICTORIA CROSS. I

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IDESTROYER EXPLOSION.I

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DESTROYER EXPLOSION. I I ONE KILLED, FOUR INJURED. I A disastrous explosion occurred in the stoke- hold of the torpedo boat-destroyer Daring at Portsmouth on Monday evening. As a result of the accident one man was killed and four others severely scalded, one dangerously so. The Daring is one of the two destroyers attached to Whale Island, the gunnery establishment at Portsmouth, and had on Monday been engaged, along with the cruiser Narcissus, the gunnery ship attached to the Excellent, in target practice, the destroyer having to tow a target while the cruiser fired at it. At the conclusion of the trials the two vessels returned to Spithead, and the cruiser having anchored for the night, the Daring proceeded into Portsmouth Harbour. She went in under easy steam, and passed the stern of the flagship Victory at 9.20. Those on deck were then horrified to hear a loud explosion in the after stokehold, and at the same moment dense masses of flame and smoke belched forth from the funnels. All the officers and men on deck rushed to the stronghold entry, and it was at once seen that a terrible accident had occurred, for the little compartment was filled with steam, smoke, and fire, while boiling water was floating about the floor. Strenuous efforts were made to get at the five men who were known to have been working there, and there were several instances of great individual bravery, men rush- ing into the scalding water and steam to rescue their shipmates. Long before the com- partment was clear all five men had been got on deck. One of them, Stoker F. Reed, whose friends live at Litchfield, was dead, having re- ceived terrible injuries. The others were alive, but severely scalded and burnt. Their names were Chief Stoker F. Paffett, Stokers F. Parks, E. Gammon, and G. Elliott. With the exception of Elliott, whose friends live in Montague-road, Hackney-wick, London, they all belong to Ports- mouth. Parks was most seriously injured. Assistance was signalled for, and a surgeon from the Hero, which was moored close by, was promptly on board. He dressed the burns, and the sufferers were then conveyed to the Royal Naval Hospital at Haslar. After the flames had been subdued, examination revealed the fact that one of the tubes of the Thorneycroft water-tube boilers had been blown completely out through the bottom of the boiler. The whole of the burning coals in the furnace were thus forced out into the stokehold where the men were at work, and the compartment was also instantly filled with the steam and boiling water which had escaped from the rent in the boiler. The Daring is one of the earliest type of torpedo- boat destroyers, having been launched from the works of Messrs. Thorneycroft and Co. in 1893. As her boilers were recently retubed, the explo- r sion is rendered all the more inexplicable.

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