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Mokta - Trial


Daily Mail Nov 9/12

On Thursday, the handsome steel screw steamer Mokta was taken from the yard of Messrs. Wm Gray and Co., Ltd., for her trial trip. She has been built to the order of Messrs. Frank C. Strick and Co., Ltd., of London and Swansea, for La Tunisienne Steam Navigation Company, of Paris. She takes the highest class in Lloyd’s Register, and is of the following dimensions: Length over all, 362ft., breadth, 50ft., and depth, 27ft. 8 in, and is fitted with all the requirements of a first class cargo steamer.    

Triple-expansion engines have been supplied from the Central Marine Engineering Works of the builders, having cylinders 24in., 38in., and 64in. Diameter, with a piston stroke of 42in., and two large steel boilers adapted for a working pressure of 180lbs. per square inch, worked under Howden’s system of forced draught. The engines have been fitted with “contraflo” main condenser, a “contraflo” atmospheric condenser being installed for the auxiliary machinery. The engine room auxiliaries include a surface feed heater with oil and air extractor, an evaporator, and duplex feed and ballast pumps, all of the “CEMEW” type.

Mr. Archibald Walker, who has superintended the construction of  ship and machinery, represented the owners on the trial, and Mr. James Innes and Mr. Ward were on board on behalf of Lloyd’s Registry. The performance of the vessel and the working of the machinery were highly satisfactory.


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