"Burning Questions with Global Consequences?"
These coal bunker spontaneous fires being more common than realized during that era of the steamship coal-fired boiler triple-expansion-engine both commercial and military also contributed in a major way to another ocean disaster that had GLOBAL CONSEQUENCES!
The sinking of the steam-ship Titanic! The Titanic on her maiden voyage going to the bottom, many aboard lost, the thing of legend!
From a variety of web sites:
1. "Coal Bunker Fire".
2. "Titanic Disaster: New Theory Fingers Coal Fire".
3. "COAL BUNKER FIRE -".
"The story regarding a fire in one of Titanic's massive coal bunkers is indeed true. The fire is believed to have burning when Titanic left Belfast, and it was not until two or three days later that it was finally extinguished, this being done by teams of firemen and trimmers digging out almost all of the coal to enable the seat of the fire to be doused. Some Titanic scholars believe that the intense heat of the fire could have led to some parts of the hull to be seriously weakened, and actually assisted in the break-up and sinking of the vessel."
That structure of the Titanic weakened to a degree by the expansion and contraction of the metal being first heated and then cooled in contact with the fire and the cold sea water both? Such a possibility cannot be dismissed?
Coal bunker fires of spontaneous in nature having global consequences - - The Spanish-American War and the sinking of the Titanic both having such an origin?