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Umberleigh -Trial



Northern Daily Mail. 10th Oct ’27
The steamer Umberleigh, built by Messrs. William Gray and Co., Limited, to the order of the Tatem Steam Navigation Co., Ltd., successfully ran her official sea trials on Saturday.
The vessel is of the following dimensions: Length B. P.  400ft., breadth, 54ft. 3in., depth moulded to upper deck, 28ft. 3 in., with open shelter deck and forecastle. She is built to the highest class in Lloyd’s.
The vessel is constructed on the cellular double bottom principle, with fore and aft peaks, the framing being of the deep channel type. There are seven watertight bulkheads, together with a steel centre line bulkheads, and wood shifting boards dividing the holds for grain carrying.
Spacious accommodation for the officers is arranged in a steel house amidships, the engineers being berthed in large steel houses alongside the casing and the crew in the poop, with separate mess rooms.

For the quick handling of cargo, ten powerful steam winches are provided to work ten derricks. A direct-acting steam windlass forward and steam steering gear amidships are also fitted.

The topmasts are telescopic, lowering to a height suitable for the Manchester Canal Bridges. Lifeboats are fitted on deck overhead to comply with the Board of Trade regulations for life-saving. The ship is complete in all respects as a first-class cargo steamer, including an efficient wireless installation and electric light throughout.
The propelling machinery, supplied by the Central Marine Engineering Works of the builders, consists of triple-expansion engines having cylinders 25-42-70 inches diameter by 48 inches stroke, and three boilers working at a pressure of 200lbs. and fitted with Howden’s forced draught.
A number of auxiliaries of the well known “C.M.E.W.” type, also made by the Central Marine Engineering Works, are fitted including auxiliary condenser, singlex harbour feed pump, centrifugal pump, pair of independent feed pumps,  general service pump, ballast pump, overhead direct contact feed heater, combined drain and scumming tank, and evaporator.
The owners were represented on the trial by Captain Miller and Mr. T. Grieve.

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