Morrell Airship Collapse - 23 May 1908
Old Fabric Caused Airship Wreck
from Popular Mechanics (1908)
The Rupture Shows Clearly
[p.567] It is now believed that the
cause of the wreck of the Morrell mammoth airship at Oakland was some
poor material used in the bag. In order to save on material a quantity
of old cloth formerly used in a smaller balloon was sewed in with the
new. A case of new wine in old bottles. When the strain came, as the
weight was borne by the bag, the weak portion was cut through by a guy
rope supporting the second engine. When once the rip started, there was
no checking it. The illustration from a hitherto unpublished photograph
shows the first engine on the ground and the second engine with its
operators coming down. The rupture is clear shown, and a close
examination reveals people and objects [p.568]
on the ground level beyond, that can be seen through the V-shaped
opening like a directoire gown on a large scale.
- Huge Dirigible Balloon Collapses - first article on Morrell's Airship Collapse in Popular Mechanics (Jul 1908).
- Falling With a Wrecked Airship - second article on Morrell's Airship Collapse in Popular Mechanics (Aug 1908).
- 23 May - short biography, births, deaths and events on date of Morrell's Airship Collapse.
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