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Caterino - Launch


(Northern) Daily Mail May 20/1909

This afternoon Messrs. William Gray and Co., Limited launched the handsome steel screw steamer Caterino, which they have built for Messrs. Furness, Withy and Co., Ltd., West Hartlepool.

She is a sister vessel to the Rossano, recently launched for the same firm, and will take the highest class in the British Corporation register, her dimensions are: Length, 358ft.; breadth, 50ft. 8in.; and depth, 25ft.6in., with long bridge, poop, and top-gallant forecastle.

The saloon, staterooms, captain’s officers, and engineers’ rooms, etc., will be fitted up with houses on the bridge deck, and the crew berthed under the topgallant forecastle.

The hull is built on the deep bulb angle frame system, with clear holds, cellular double bottom all fore and aft, and large aft peak ballast tank, seven steam winches, double derricks’, steam steering gear amidships, hand screw gear aft, patent direct steam windlass, extra large horizontal multitubular donkey boiler, shifting boards throughout, stockless anchors, telescopic masts fore and aft rig, and all requirements for a first class cargo steamer.

Triple-expansion engines are being supplied by the Central Marine Engineering Works of the builders, having cylinders 25in., 40in., and 65in. Diameter, with a piston stroke of 42in., and two large steel boilers for a working pressure of 180lbs. per square inch.

The vessel has been constructed under the superintendence of Mr. A. H. Walker, Captain W. Brackenbury, and Mr T. Tose on behalf of the owners.

The ceremony of naming the steamer Caterino was gracefully performed by Miss Hilda Wakefield, Brondesbury, London.

Amongst those present at the launch were Mr Stephen W. Furness, Mr Geo. Jones, Mrs Watson (Croydon), Mr. And Mrs. Bridges, Miss Clarkson, Miss Fea, Miss Harbut, Bathampton, Mr. A. McGlashan, Mr. F. W. Purvis, Mr. D. Cooke, Capt. W. Brackenbury, Mr. J. F. Fea, etc.

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