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Hargrove - Launch


(Northern) Daily Mail Nov 25/09

Today, Messrs. William Gray and Co., Limited ,launched the steel screw steamer Hargrove which they have built for Messrs. Harrison, Tidswell, and company, London, for their Hamburg coal trade.

She will take the highest class in Lloyd’s and is of the following dimensions, viz.: Length over all, 275ft. 6 in.; breadth, 36ft., and depth, 19ft. 6in.
She is a handsomely modelled vessel of the single deck type, with poop, bridge, and top-gallant forecastle. Tasteful cabin accommodation will be fitted up in the poop for captain and officers, the engineers being berthed in the bridge and the crew in the forecastle.

The hull is built with deep bulb-angle frames, clear holds, cellular double bottom, and large for and after peak ballast tanks. She has four extra large hatch ways for loading and self trimming all parts of the holds.

There are eight powerful steam winches placed on raised platforms, and in addition to the usual derricks there are twelve gaffs fitted for rapidly discharging coal, the masts being extra strong to carry all the required gear; special arrangements are also provided for discharging by shore grabs. Steam steering gear amidships, hand screw gear aft, direct steam windlass, stockless anchors, telescopic masts with fore and aft rig, and a first class outfit for the vessel’s special trade.

The machinery is made by the Central Marine Engineering Works of the builders being of the triple-expansion type, with cylinders 21in., 33in., and 56in. Diameter, with a piston stroke of 36in., and is fitted with two large steel multitubular boilers to work at a pressure of 180lbs. per square inch.

The vessel and machinery have been constructed under the superintendence of Messer’s. C. M. Burls and Partners on behalf of the owners, and the ceremony of naming the steamer Hargrove  was gracefully performed by Mrs. John Harrison, of London.

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