'Lady Michelle' experienced a terrible engine room fire while on sea trials with 10 subcontractors and crew about 4 miles off the coast of South Florida. If it wasn't for the fast crew response to contain the fire the vessel would have been lost . From a first hand account I can report that an oil pressure cap on an engine failed throwing about 40 gallons of hot oil into a 1000 degree engine room area touching hot exhaust locations. The entire engine room became an instant fireball ! Alot of systems such as engine shut-offs and fire pump systems were oddly located in the engine room which was unaccessible due to heavy fire. Manual deployment of Co2 was able to suppress the fire enough , but the fire was not fully extinguished until well after fire boats arrived on the scene. The vessel was towed to Derector Shipyard where is now on the hard pending a vast insurance review . Unfortunately, all but 3 crew were laid off after this disaster but the owner has been an awesome gentleman making good on generous severance . All the victims of smoke intallhation have recovered and we must commend the Captain on having a well trained crew.
This Memorial Day, remember those who were lost serving our country on the high seas in the U.S. Navy aboard PT Boats. Recently we were invited out for a ride on the only operational combat-veteran PT Boat, PT 305 in New Orleans.
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