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Ruysdael - Launch


Northern Daily Mail, Nov 22/11
Yesterday, Messrs. William Gray and Company. Limited launched the handsome steel screw steamer, Ruysdael, for Messrs. the Bolton Steam Shipping Company, Ltd., London.

She will take the highest class in Lloyd’s Register, and is of the following dimensions, viz. : Length over all, 345ft.6in, breadth, 49ft., and depth, 25ft. 5in., with long bridge, poop, and top-gallant forecastle. The saloon, staterooms, captain’s, officers, and engineers’ rooms, etc., will be fitted up in houses on the bridge deck, and the crew’s berths in the forecastle.
The hull is built with deep bulb-angle frames dispensing with hold beams, and leaving large clear holds, cellular double bottom, and large fore peak and after peak ballast tanks, eight steam winches, steam steering gear amidships, hand screw gear aft, patent direct steam windlass, large horizontal multitubular donkey boiler, shifting boards throughout, boats on deck overhead, stockless anchors, telescopic masts, with fore and aft rig, 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 24 ½ in., 40in., and 65in., with a piston stroke of 42in., and two large steel boilers for a working pressure of 180lbs. per square inch.
The ship and machinery have been constructed under the superintendence of Mr. J. S. Bounyman, on behalf of the owners, and the ceremony of naming the steamer Ruysdael was gracefully performed by Miss Bolton, daughter of Sir Frederic and Lady Bolton, the latter being present with her daughter.

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