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.
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.