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Langholm - Launch


Northern Daily Mail, April 1/11

Yesterday, Messrs. William Gray and Co., Limited launched the handsome steel screw steamer, Langholm, which they have built for the London and Northern Steamship Company Limited, Messrs. Pyman Brothers, London, managers. The vessel is of the shelter deck type, and will take the highest class in Lloyd’s Register. Her dimensions are: Length over all, 395ft.; breadth, 53ft.6in. ; and depth, 25ft. 5in.

The saloon, staterooms, captain’s, officers, and engineers’ rooms, etc., are in houses on the bridge deck, and the crew’s accommodation forward.

The hull is built with deep bulb-angle frames, dispensing with hold beams, and leaving large clear holds, cellular double bottom, and fore and aft ballast tanks. Ten steam winches, derrick tables and out-riggers and double derricks, steam steering gear amidships, hand screw gear aft, patent direct steam windlass, large horizontal multitubular donkey boiler, fresh water distiller, steel grain divisions, stockless anchors, telescopic masts, boats on deck overhead, and all requirements for a first class cargo steamer.

Triple-expansion engines are being supplied by the Central Marine Engineering Works of the builders, having cylinders 25in., 41in., and 68in. diameter, with a piston stroke of 48in., and two large steel boilers for a working pressure of 180lbs. per square inch.

The ship and machinery have been built under the superintendence of Mr. R. T. Rutherford, on behalf of the owners, and the ceremony of naming the steamer Langholm was gracefully performed by Miss Dorothy Pyman daughter of Mr. F. H. Pyman, J. P., London.

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