But with Eleanore pushing me on, I described the hell I had seen in the stokehole.
In the end volunteers were taken into the stokehole and the Southland was beached.
None of my men would go into the stokehole to work, but they'll bring Mr. Studdert up quick enough.
Then, fighting for every foot, the little band retreated to the after stokehole.
At about twenty minutes past two in the morning I went into the stokehole.
The after stokehole was flooded and water rolled sickeningly in the engine-pits.
He crawled down a short ladder and through low passageways dripping wet and so came into the stokehole.
Sixty minutes exactly after it has been placed in the stokehole, it will blow the bottom out, and she will go down like a stone.'
During this time the stokehole hatches were open, but the fans were kept running at slow speed to maintain a moderate draught.
It would spread about the ship like fire and would be whispered over taffrails, in galleys, and in stokehole.