Saturday, April 24, 2010

Fire! Fire! Fire on the USS Bonefish!

22 years ago today.

5 comments:

Jimh. said...

May Lt Ray Everts, PO1C Bob Bordelon, and PO3C Marshal Lindgren linger on in our memories! Was it the hydrogen from the batteries? That fire had to have some sort of fuel.

chaoticsynapticactivity said...

Jim;

The JAGMAN is available to read. The connector links were glowing cherry red (LCDR Pete Lestrange provided that first hand account, which is contained in the 4/24/2008 post), and the instulation of wiring, as well as some oil saturated cork sound insulation, and...all things flammable laying about as the fire got hotter. I suspect the explosion about 1645 time frame could have been from hydrogen.

PS: Thanks, EB, for the link!

Comrade E.B. Misfit said...

Jim, he's referring to the investigation that was done after every serious accident for the purposes of fixing blame and bringing charges, if necessary.

Jimh. said...

Thanks guys. Cork? I thought they would have found a better insulation by the time Bonefish was launched.

Comrade E.B. Misfit said...

Cork was commonly used for pipe insulation, at least into the 1970s, I think. Bonefish was in the last class of diesel boats built for the USN, built in the late 1950s.