zone, creating oversize wakes. We heard a
crash below. The plate holding trout trimmings from the hors d’oeuvres we’d just
enjoyed had slipped off the counter, sending
its contents flying. I went down to clean up
the mess. In an attempt to eliminate the fishy
smell, I lit the Lampe Berger, a fragrance lantern. We’ve used these lanterns for years, at
home and onboard, without incident. You
burn the ceramic wick for a few minutes,
then blow it out. It continues to smolder,
releasing a fragrance without visible flame.
Liz and I chatted while waiting for
the wick to heat. She was standing by the
refrigerator. I was across from her on the
opposite side of the galley. When the lantern
was to temperature, I bent forward to blow
out the wick. Holding the backrest of one
of the permanent stools with one hand, I
moved the lantern close to my face with my
other hand, pulled in a breath, and had just
pursed my lips to blow out the flame when
another large wake hit. I fell, the stool broke
from its mount, and I dropped the Lampe
Berger while trying to grab the counter. There
was a sharp pop, like a champagne cork leaving a bottle, instantly followed by a blinding,
searing white flash.
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Fragrance lanterns like the Harings’
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from their boat.
Fire retardant from the extinguisher is
tracked through the main cabin’s floor.
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