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Dunelmia - Trial



Northern Daily Mail, 25/10/29.

The steamer Dunelmia, built by Messrs. William Gray and Co., Ltd., West Hartlepool to the order of Messrs. Metcalfe Son and Co., Ltd., West Hartlepool, has successfully undergone her official sea trials.

The vessel takes highest class in Lloyd’s Register and is of the following dimensions: length over all, 434ft. 4in., breadth, 54ft. 3in., depth moulded to upper deck, 30ft. 1 in. with long bridge, poop and forecastle.

Constructed on the cellular double bottom principal, with fore and after peaks for water ballast, the framing being of the deep channel type, and has seven watertight bulkheads, together with a steel centre line bulkhead and wood shifting boards dividing the holds for grain carrying.Spacious accommodation for the officers is arranged in a steel house amidships. The engineers will be berthed in large steel houses alongside the casing, and the crew in cubicles in the forecastle with separate mess rooms.


For the quick handling of cargo ten powerful steam winches are to be provided which work 12 derricks. A direct steam windlass forward and steam steering amidships are also to be fitted. The topmasts are telescopic, lowering to a height suitable for the Manchester Ship Canal Bridges.

The Dunelmia will be completed in all respects as a first-class cargo steamer, her equipment including an efficient wireless installation and electric light throughout.

The propelling machinery, supplied by the Central Marine Engineering Works of the builders, consists of triple-expansion engines having cylinders 26-43-71 inches diameter, by 48 inches stroke and three boilers working at a pressure of 180lbs. per square inch. A number of auxiliaries of the “CMEW” type are also fitted.

The owners were represented on the trials by Mr. John Metcalf, Mr. R. H. Campbell, and Mr R. B. Williams. , of Williams Bros., Middlesbrough, under whose supervision the ship and machinery have been constructed.


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