Her engine and boiler rooms, being at the stern, were flooded instantly.
Only the men who guarded the exit from the engine and boiler rooms were inactive, but these stood with drawn revolvers.
These three boiler rooms are separated by coal bunkers (K), 20 feet long.
On this deck in the way of the boiler rooms were placed the electrically driven fans which provided ventilation to the stokeholes.
Mr. Murdoch at the same time pulled the lever over which closed the water-tight doors in the engine and boiler rooms.
A few projectiles penetrating the engine or boiler rooms, or holing us at the water-line, would have settled the matter.
Shots therefore must be fired at the engine and boiler rooms to force this kind of a steamer to sink.