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Oakfield - Trial


Northern Daily Mail, March 11/12    
On Saturday, the handsome steel screw steamer Oakfield, built by , Messrs. Wm Gray and Co., Ltd., for the Doughty Shipping Co., Limited (Messrs H. Doughty and Company, West Hartlepool, managers), had her trial trip.
The vessel has been built to the highest class in Lloyd’s Register, and her principal dimensions are: Length over all, 371ft. 6in.; breadth, 5ft.; and depth, 25ft. 1 ½ in.
Triple-expansion engines have been supplied from the Central Marine Engineering Works of the builders, having cylinders 25in., 40 ½ in., and 67in. diameter, with a piston stroke of 45in., and three large steel boilers for a working pressure of 180lbs. per square inch, evaporator, duplex feed and ballast pumps, etc.
The trial was a very successful one, an average speed of 11 ½ knots being obtained. Mr Brandon, who superintended the building of the vessel, was present on behalf of the owners, and Mr. James Innes represented Lloyd’s Registry.

The vessel afterwards proceeded on her voyage to her loading port.

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