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Confield - Trial

 (Northern) Daily Mail, Oct 17/12

Yesterday, the handsome steel screw steamer, Confield built by Messrs. Wm Gray and Co., Ltd., had her trial trip.

The vessel has been built to Lloyd’s highest class, and is of the following dimensions, viz.: Length over all, 325ft. 6in.; breadth, 46ft. 6in.; and depth, 25ft. 5 ½ in. All the requirements for a first class cargo steamer have been fitted.

Triple-expansion engines have been supplied from the Central Marine Engineering Works of the builders, having cylinders 23in., 36 ½ in., and 62in. diameter, with a piston stroke of 42in., and two large steel boilers adapted 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, and on the trial the owners were represented by Messrs. Chaston and Playle, Captain Gair being in command. On the run round to the Tyne the vessel averaged a speed of 11.1 knots, the performance of ship and machinery being highly satisfactory to all concerned,

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