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DUSSELDORF, GERMANY: JUNE 27, 1912 – The Zeppelin Schwaben I arrived from Frankfurt, but high winds prevented the airship from being directed into the balloon shed. The airship was temporarily moored outside with the help of a large detachment of soldiers. A gust of wind wrenched the craft upward, pulling the ropes from many of the soldiers. As the balloon rose its back broke and escaping hydrogen exploded, setting the craft on fire. Within seconds, the entire craft was a sheet of flames. Thirty-four workers and soldiers were burned as the flaming craft crashed to the ground and was destroyed.
PORTLAND, ME: JUNE 30, 1912 – A fire of unknown origin threatened the entire waterfront as two Boston vessels, the barkentine Kremlin and the three-masted schooner Sally I’On, burned fiercely while docked at Beakes’s Wharf. Both ships had just unloaded their cargoes of lumber when the fire started. Crew members had narrow escapes as the fire spread quickly from the ships to the piles of lumber nearby. The fire department arrived to find three wharfs, huge piles of lumber and two large ships ablaze. Quick work by the firemen on land with help from a fireboat and a revenue cutter knocked the wall of flames down before they could spread further. Several men who had abandoned ship were fished from the water by the fireboat.