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Marguerite - Trial


Northern Daily Mail, May 1/12

Yesterday there was taken to sea the finely-modelled steamer Marguerite of Bayonne, built by Messrs. Wm Gray and Co, Ltd., of West Hartlepool, to the order of Messrs. Lysberg and Co., of Cambrian Buildings, Cardiff, and Paris.

The vessel is of the following dimensions: Length over all, 335ft. 6in.; beam, 47ft. 6in.; and depth moulded, 25ft. 7 ½ in. She is of the single-deck type, having five hatchways, fitted with shifting boards throughout, double winches, with cables and outriggers on deck.

The machinery and boilers have been built at the Central Marine Engineering Works, West Hartlepool, the boilers being of large dimensions and the cylinders 25in., 40in., and 65in. diameter, with 42in stroke. The piston rods are fitted with United States packing, and large ballast and feed donkeys of the “C.M.E.W.” type are fitted, with a view of pumping out the ballast rapidly.

The steamer was half loaded at Sunderland with 2,800 tons of coal, and ran on the measured mile for four hours, giving an average speed of 11 ½ knots, the machinery running beautifully against strong winds and a rough sea. Mr. Frederick Jones (who superintended the machinery during construction) was on board during the trial on behalf of the owners.

After the trial trip the steamer proceeded to Bordeaux to discharge her cargo.

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