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Confield - Launch


(Northern) Daily Mail, Sep 12/12

Yesterday, Messrs. William Gray and Co., Ltd.  launched the handsome steel screw steamer,  Confield which they have built for Messrs. E. J. Sutton and Co,. Newcastle.

She will take the highest class in Lloyd’s Register, and is of the following dimensions, viz.: Length over all, 325ft.6in.; breadth, 46ft.6in.; and depth, 25ft.5 ½ in., with long bridge, poop, and top-gallant forecastle.

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

The hull is built with deep frames, cellular double bottom, and large after and fore peak ballast tanks, six steam winches, steam steering gear amidships, hand screw gear aft, patent direct steam windlass, large horizontal multitubular donkey boiler, stockless anchors, shifting boards throughout, telescopic masts, with 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 23in., 36 ½ in., and 62in. diameter, with a piston stroke of 42in., and with two large steel boilers for a working pressure of 180lbs. per square inch.

The ship and machinery have been built under the superintendence of Messrs. Havelock and Chaston, of Newcastle, on behalf of the owners, and the ceremony of naming the steamer Confield was gracefully performed by Mrs. Sutton, Newcastle, wife of the owners.

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