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Bradfyne - Launch



Northern Daily Mail. 22/2/28

Yesterday, Messrs. Wm. Gray and Co., Ltd., launched from their Central Shipyard. West Hartlepool. the handsome steel screw steamer Bradfyne, which is the third of four vessels being built being built to the order of Sir Wm. Reardon Smith and Sons, Ltd., Cardiff.

The vessel, which will take the highest class in British Corporation  Registry of Shipping, is of the following dimensions: Length B. P. 400ft., breadth 51ft. 3in., depth moulded to upper deck, 28ft. 0 ½  in., with open shelter deck and forecastle.

The ship is constructed of the deep channel framing with double bottom carried right out to shell, and has six watertight bulkheads, together with a steel centre line bulkheads in the holds and ‘tween decks, , with wood shifting boards in way of hatches for special carriage of grain cargoes.

Spacious accommodation for the captain and officers is arranged in a steel houses amidships, the engineers being berthed in large houses alongside casing, and the crew forward.

For the quick handling of cargo, 11 powerful steam winches are to be provided to work 11 derricks. A direct-acting steam windlass forward and steam steering gear amidships are also to be fitted.

The topmasts are to be telescopic, lowering to a height suitable for the Manchester Canal Bridges. The vessel will be completed in all respects as a first-class cargo steamer, her equipment including a refrigerating plant, including an efficient wireless installation and electric light throughout.

                                                   THE ENGINES.

Triple-expansion engines having cylinders 25in., 42in., and 70 inches diameter x 48 inches stroke, and two boilers 16ft. 0in. dia x 12ft 0in. long, forced draught, and one boiler  12ft. 0in. dia x 11ft 0in. long, natural draught, working at a pressure of 200lbs., and fitted up for coal and oil burning, will be supplied by the Central Marine Engineering Works of the builders, and a number of auxiliaries of the “C.M.E.W.” type will be installed, including an auxiliary condenser, singlex harbour feed pump, centrifugal pump, pair of independent feed pumps,  general service pump, ballast pump, oil transfer pump, pair of oil separators, overhead direct contact feed heater, combined drain and scum tank, and evaporator
                                                    THE CEREMONY

The ship and machinery are being built under the supervision of Mr. W. J. Liley and Capt. E. A. Tamlyn on behalf of the owners, and the ceremony of naming the steamer Bradfyne was gracefully performed by Mrs. Douglas A. Low, daughter of Sir William. Reardon Smith, Bart.

The owners were represented by Mr. Douglas A. Low and Mr. T. F. Major, and the builders by Mr. F. C. Pyman (managing director), Mr. A. McGlashan, and Mr. J. H. Farmer (directors), Mr. T. S. Simpson (general manager), and Mr. W. Wilson (yard manager). Amongst those present Mrs. F. C. Pyman,  Mr. W. H. Stephenson (British Corporation surveyor).

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