The Day New York City was Almost Destroyed: The 1943 Fire Aboard SS Elestero

On April 24, 1943, a fire started in the engine room of the Panamanian freighter SS El Estero. Fire can always represent a danger to a ship, but this fire offered particular concern. The El Estro was carrying more than thirteen hundred tons of high explosives and was in New York Harbor.

May 24, 2023 | 17:50 | Lance Geiger

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