I mention fatal accidents in mining on the next page and one in another industry received publicity. Samuel James was born in 1886 in Liverpool and in 1901 was living with his step father John MURRAY, mother Elizabeth [they married in 1892] and siblings in Compton Street, Everton. His father James, a watchmaker, had died in 1890 aged 45.
In December 1913 the Cunard RMS Mauretania, the largest ship in the world, returned to Liverpool for her annual overhaul. On January 26, 1914 Samuel was a marine engineer working on the turbine blades in the engine room when a gas cylinder exploded killing four men and injuring six. He was then living across the Mersey from Liverpool at 50 Charlotte Road, Egremont, Wallasey. He was living with his step brother, also John MURRAY, who identified him.
Note: Charlotte Road is just two streets away from where my grandfather, in Chepstow Avenue and his father, in Upper Rice Lane, were living at that time.