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Ryburn - Launch


Northern Daily Mail, August 9th 1910

Yesterday, Messrs. William Gray and Company. Limited launched the handsome steel screw steamer, Ryburn, Messrs. for J. E. Murrell and Son, West Hartlepool.

She will take the highest class in Lloyd’s and is of the following dimensions : Length over all, 342ft.; breadth, 46ft., and depth, 24ft. 4in., with long bridge, poop, and top-gallant forecastle.

The saloon, staterooms, captain’s, officers, and engineers’ rooms, etc., will be fitted up with houses on the bridge deck, and the crew’s berths in the forecastle.

The hull is built with deep frames, cellular double bottom, and large aft peak tank for water  ballast, six steam winches, steam steering gear amidships, hand screw gear aft, patent direct steam windlass, large horizontal multitubular donkey boiler, shifting boards throughout, 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 24in., 38in., and 64in. diameter, with a piston stroke of 42in., and two large steel boilers for a working pressure of 180lbs. per square inch.

The ceremony of naming the steamer Harpeak was gracefully performed by Miss Ida Murrell, youngest daughter of the managing owner.

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