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Harden - Trial


 (Northern) Daily Mail, May 22/12

Yesterday the steel screw steamer Harden, built by Messrs. Wm Gray and Co, Ltd., for Messrs. Harrison, Tidswell, and Company, London, was taken to sea for her trial trip.

She has been built to the highest class in Lloyd’s and is of the following dimensions, viz.: Length over all, 255ft. 6in.; beam, 36ft. 6in.; and depth moulded, 36ft. 3 in. ; and is specially constructed for the London coal trade.

She is a handsomely modelled vessel of the single-deck type, with raised quarter deck, bridge and topgallant forecastle. Tasteful cabin accommodation will be fitted up in the bridge for captain, officers, and engineers, and the crew in the forecastle.  

The machinery has been made at the Central Marine Engineering Works of the builders, and is of the triple-expansion type having cylinders 19in., 30 ½ in., and 51in. diameter, with a piston  stroke 36in., and the steam is generated in two large multitubular steel boilers, adapted to work at 180 lbs per square inch. The piston rods and slide rods are fitted with United States metallic packing, and “C.M.E.W.” evaporator, feed and ballast pumps, etc., have been supplied.

After the usual manoeuvring for the testing of compasses, etc., a run along the coast was made to the Tyne and back, during which the performance of both ship and machinery was highly satisfactory, and a speed of 10 ½ knots, registered, under unfavourable weather conditions. Mr. W. Crandell, who has superintended the building of the vessel and machinery, represented the owners.

The vessel afterwards proceeded to London with her cargo of coal.

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