Waterbodies & Maritime => Wrecks & Disasters => Topic started by: Leofwine on December 23, 2012, 17:57:24

Title: Jumna Explosion, 1900
Post by: Leofwine on December 23, 2012, 17:57:24
Birmingham Daily Post - Thursday 08 February 1900

EXPLOSION ON A POWDER SHIP IN THE MEDWAY. - A news agency states that several men have been injured by an explosion which has occurred on board the Jumna, the Ordnance Department ship used for the storage of explosives, which lies in the river Medway at Gillingham, near Chatham. The officials are very reticent, but some of the powder magazine labourers have been treated at the Melvillie Hospital and the Admiralty Hospltal. One man was badly injured. An Exchange Company's telegram states that the explosion was caused by a shell bursting.
Title: Re: Jumna Explosion, 1900
Post by: HERB COLLECTOR on March 19, 2015, 23:26:08
The Nordenfelt (6 Pounder) gun was never adopted in the numbers that the Hotchkiss design attained, largely because of defects in the ammunition. Each type of gun used ammunition designed by the gun companies, and the fuze supplied with the Nordenfelt finally blotted its copybook when an ammunition ship, the 'Jumna' blew up in the Thames in 1900 and the cause was traced to a consignment of Nordenfelt fuzes. The entire stock was forthwith dumped at sea and Hotchkiss fuzes were substituted.

From British Artillery Weapons & Ammunition 1914-1918. I.V. Hogg & L.F. Thurston.