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OLANDER SAYS IT TOOK HOUR
TO CLOSE STEAMER GANGWAYS
How it took the crew of the S. S.
Christopher Columbus an hour to
close the eight main" deck gangways
in August, 1914, was part of the story
which Victor Olander of the seamen's
union told the coroner's jury late last
"It would have taken only a few
minutes for the boat to sink if the
engines should have stopped in the
trough of a heavy enough sea,"
Olander declared. "The vessel would
have soon filled through the eight
six-foot openings in her hulL"
Olander says that he wrote to
Secretary of Commerce Redfield,
claiming that the inspection service
was rotten. As an instance of its
laxity, he told Redfield about the
gangways which could not be closed
quickly because bolts were rusted and
holes plugged with paint
Olander says that he thought noth
ing came of his complaint until some
time later when a friendly inspector
told him that Charles H. Wescott
had been sent here to investigate.
"The inspector told me the crew
had been called upon by the inspec
tors to close the gangways as soon as
"The inspector told me it took
them an hour to get the holes closed
and when it was done only every third
or fourth bolt had been put into
"Wescott left for his office, telling
the local inspectors to write when
the work was done, the inspector
said." was the rest of the incident as
told by Olander.
"If the seamen's law was in effect
when the Eastland dropped her load
in the river, she would have been al
lowed to carry only 1,060 passengers,
because under the act which goes
into effect in the fall a boat cannot
take on more passengers than life
saving apparatus is provided for. Big
business is trying to repeal this."
Another letter written by Edward 1
Nockles of the Chicago Federation of
Labor to Edward Sweet assistant
secretary of commerce, was quoted
It reads in part: "Ocean excursion
boats have been called 'tinder boxes,
but they are not a bit worse than
some of the ones plying out of Chi
cago right now. Overcrowding excur
sion boats is going to result in a ter
rible catastrophe some day."
CARRY FIFTH OF PASSENGERS
ALLOWED BY GOVERNMENT
In today's papers the Chicago, Du-
luth & Georgian Bay Transit Co. pub
lishes an advertisement about its big
steamers, the North American and"
South American, i nwhich this state
ment is made:
"The management limits these
ships to less than 600 passengers
(their stateroom capacity) , lees than
one-fifth the number the federal au
thorities would allow, as each boat
has a recognized carrying capacity
of over 3,000 passengers."
It might be interesting to find out
why the management of this com
pany carries less than one-fifth the
number of passengers Uncle Sam
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would allsw. It might indicate that
the management thinks Uncle Sam is
entirely too liberal for safety first
SPEED, CRY ON EASTLAND
"Born a greyhound and died a
wolf," was fiie short story of the
Eastland, as told by S. C. Jenks, who '
designed the steamer and supervised
"Speed was the essence of the con
tract," he said. "Carrying capacity '
was the secondary consideration." '
He said the tests upon which the
owners insisted were for speed only
and that after this failed to come up '
to the desired mark alterations were '
made to obtain greater speed.
Wm. Harper, lookout on Theodore
Roosevelt, who saved 16 lives, mar- '
vons wreck in sanitariurt. -