Firemen Use Shovels For Charred Remains in Ghastly Spectacle
by Edwin Feeny
"Ghastly is the word for it," declared one of the firemen coming off the blackened Noronic." "There are charred remains everywhere. We have to use shovels, because they break into bits."
He and scores of firemen, under District Fire Chiefs Art Smith and James Stevens, boarded the ship at 6 a.m. today. At 8 o’clock firemen started removing the remains.
Repeated calls were made by searchers for more and more tarpaulins for the dead. Then shovels were requests. These were used to slide under the burned bodies and shove them onto the tarpaulins.
Two and three victims were placed in the tarpaulins and the shapeless mass was hoisted by four men over the ship’s rail to men on the ladders bridging the gap between dock and ship.
Ambulances, both city and private: police department maintenance trucks too, were pressed into service to transport the dead to the morgue.
It was a grisly sight as body after body was handed down the ladders to those on the dock.
Firemen in the smoke filled interior prodded among the debris for human forms.
One woman, about 40 fully clothed who had apparently jumped into the water to escape, drowned. Her body was recovered hours later. Her arms were stiff above her head.