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Turkistan - Trial


Northern Daily Mail Nov 7/11
On Saturday, the large steel screw steamer Turkistan built by Messrs. Wm Gray and Co., Ltd., for Messrs. Frank C. Strick and Co., Ltd., of Swansea and London, was taken for her trial trip. The vessel has been built to Lloyd’s highest class, and her principal dimensions are: 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.  
Triple-expansion engines have been supplied from the Central Marine Engineering Works of the builders, having cylinders 28in., 46in., and 77in.  diameter, by 48in. stroke, and three large boilers of the builders well known flanged shell type, adapted for a working  pressure of 180lbs. per square inch, and  worked under Howden’s system of forced draught. The port openings in the cylinders are large to insure an easy passage for the steam and so obtain the maximum efficiency from it. The engines are fitted with a “Contraflo” main condenser, a “Contraflo” atmospheric type being installed for the auxiliary machinery. A pair of Weir’s feed pumps and heater are also fitted which, in conjunction with a special arrangement of boiler feed heating by means of the exhaust steam, insure a high feed temperature. The engine room auxiliaries include a number of duplex pumps of the builders C.M.E.W. type, are very complete, and were carried out in accordance with the requirements of the owners’ superintendent engineer.
There were on board Mr. A. Walker and Mr. Clarkson (the former gentleman having superintended the construction of the vessel and machinery), Mr. R. Marshall, of the Board of Trade, West Hartlepool, Mr. D. McAuslan and Mr. James Innes of Lloyd’s Registry, West Hartlepool. An extended trial was made, the results obtained being highly satisfactory both in regard to ship and machinery.
The vessel afterwards proceeded to Middlesbrough to load.


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