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Burma -Trial


(Northern) Daily Mail July 1/12

On Saturday, the handsome steel screw steamer Burma, built by Messrs. Wm Gray and Co, Ltd, West Hartlepool,for the Societa Anonima Ungherese di Armamento Marittimo, of Fiume, was taken for her trial trip.

The vessel has been built to Lloyd’s highest class, and is of the following dimensions vis.: Length over all, 412ft.6in.; breadth, 52ft. 3in.; and depth, 27ft.7in. She has two decks laid, and extra long bridge, poop, and topgallant forecastle. The saloon, staterooms, captain’s officers,’ and engineers rooms are fitted up in houses on the bridge deck, the petty officers’ rooms in the fore end of the bridge, and the crews’ berths in the forecastle.

The hull is built with deep bulb-angle frames, large clear holds, cellular double bottom and large fore and after peak ballast tanks; and, in addition, there is a deep tank or hold compartment fitted forward of  the engine, giving a total capacity for water ballast of about 2,300 tons for water ballast.

The vessel has nine steam winches, 12 derricks, steam steering gear amidships, hand screw gear aft, patent direct steam windlass, steel shifting boards, boats on deck overhead, stockless anchors, telescopic masts, with fore and aft rig, and is equipped as a first class cargo steamer.

The machinery has been made at the Central Marine Engineering Works of the builders, the engines being 26in., 42in., and 70in.  diameter, with a piston stroke 48in.; supplied with steam by three large steel boilers adapted to work under Howden’s system of forced draught at a pressure of 180lbs. per square inch. The engine room is replete with evaporator, duplex pumps, and other  auxiliaries of the “C.M.E.W.” make.

The owners were represented by Mr. Nicolich of Fiume Mr. E. Gloyer. Of London, and Mr. J. S. Bonneyman, of Cardiff, the latter gentleman having superintended the construction of the vessel and machinery. Mr. James Innes represented Lloyd’s Registry, and the vessel was in command of captain Thian. After adjustment of compasses a run made along the coast to Sunderland and back was made, the average speed being 12 ¼ knots, and the performance of vessel and machinery entirely satisfactory. The Burma afterwards proceeded on her voyage to Burntisland to load.


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