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Turkistan - Launch


Northern Daily Mail Sept 26/11

Yesterday, Messrs. William Gray and Company, Limited, launched the large steel screw steamer Turkistan, which they have built to the order of Messrs. Frank C. Strick and Co., Limited, of Swansea and London. The vessel will take the highest class Lloyd’s Register and is of the following dimensions vis.: Length over all, 384ft. 6in.; breadth, 50ft., and depth, 30ft.  

She is a handsomely modelled vessel of the double-deck type, with poop, long bridge and topgallant forecastle, having very tasteful cabin accommodation in houses on the bridge deck for passengers, captain and officers, and is fitted throughout with electric lighting.  The vessel has a cellular double bottom and after peak tank for water ballast, and in addition there is a deep tank or hold compartment fitted for water ballast abaft the engine room, giving a total capacity for water ballast of about 2,000 tons. The whole of the outfit including steam windlass, steam steering gear, ten steam winches, with return exhaust to winch condenser of the Contraflo type, are  of the most approved description

The machinery is made by the Central Marine Engineering Works of the builders, being of the triple-expansion type with cylinders 28in., 46in., and 77in.  diameter, with a piston stroke 48in. she is fitted with a Contraflo main condenser, Weir’s feed pump and heater and large steel multitubular boilers working by Howden’s system of forced draught at a pressure of 180lbs. per square inch.
The vessel and machinery have been constructed under the superintendence of Mr. Archibald Walker, on behalf of the owners, and the ceremony of naming the steamer Turkistan was gracefully performed by lady Beresford-Peirse, of Bedale, wife of Sir Henry Beresford-Peirse, of Bedale, a trustee of the debenture holders of Wm. Gray and Co., Ltd.










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