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Harpagus - Launch


(Northern) Daily Mail April 26/10

Yesterday, Messrs. William Gray and Company, Ltd., launched the handsome steel screw steamer Harpagus, which they have built to the order of Messrs. J. and C. Harrison, Ltd., London    She will take the highest class in Lloyd’s and is of the following dimensions, viz.: Length over all, 441ft., breadth, 53ft. 6in.; and depth, 31ft. 8 in.; with two decks laid, extra long bridge, poop, and top-gallant forecastle.

The saloon, with teak panelling, staterooms, captain’s and 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, clear holds, cellular double bottom, and large aft and fore peak ballast tanks. Ten steam winches, return exhaust and winch condenser, steam steering gear amidships, hand screw gear aft, patent direct steam windlass, shifting boards, stockless anchors, telescopic masts fore and aft rig, boats on deck overhead and ventilation sufficient for the Eastern trade. The vessel is fitted with electric light throughout and all requirements for a first class cargo steamer have been provided.

Triple-expansion engines are being supplied by the Central Marine Engineering Works of the builders, having cylinders 28in., 45in., and 75in. with a piston stroke of **in., and four large steel boilers adapted for a pressure of 180lbs. per square inch worked by Howden’s system of forced draught, bronze propeller etc.
The hull and machinery have been constructed under the superintendence of Messrs. C.M. Buls and Partners on behalf of the owners, the ceremony of naming the steamer Harpagus was gracefully performed by Miss Jeannette Harrison, Great House Court, East Grinstead.

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