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Langholm - Trial


Northern Daily Mail, April 1/11

Yesterday, the handsome steel screw steamer, Langholm, built by Messrs. Wm Gray and Co., Ltd, to the order of the London and Northern Steamship Company Limited, (Messrs. Pyman Brothers, London, managers), had her trial trip.

The Langholm is of the shelter deck type, has been built to Lloyd’s highest class and is of the following dimensions: viz, length over all, 395ft.; breadth, 53ft.6in, and depth, 25ft. 5in.     

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. The cylinders have very large port openings to insure an easy passage of the steam, and so obtain the maximum energy from it. The main condenser has been specially designed to maintain a high vacuum in all seas, whilst special attention has been given to insure a high temperature in the boiler feed water.

The engine-room auxiliaries include a number of duplex pumps of the builders “cemew” type, and also one of their large “cemew” evaporators.

Steam is generated in two large steel boilers adapted for a working pressure of 180lbs. per square inch.

Special attention has been paid in the design and construction of the vessel and machinery to insure the utmost economy in fuel and upkeep, and the special features named above, will enable the maximum amount of cargo to be carried a fair average speed on a very low consumption of coal.

The trial being witnessed on behalf of the owners by Mr. Creswell Pyman, there being also present Mr. R. T. Rutherford, under whose superintendence the vessel and her machinery have been built; Mr. James Innes represented Lloyd’s Registry; Mr. Arnold Jones the shipbuilders, and Mr. Maurice S. Gibb, the engine builders. Captain Arkley was in command.

After a preliminary run along the coast, the vessel was put upon the measured mile at Whitley, when a measured speed of 12 knots was obtained.

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