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Daybreak - Launch


Northern Daily Mail, Oct 24/11

Yesterday, Messrs. William Gray and Company, Limited, launched the handsome steel screw steamer Daybreak, which they have built to the order of Messrs. John Wood and Company, of London and West Hartlepool.

She is designed on very fine lines to maintain a good average speed, and will take the highest class in Lloyd’s Register. The vessel is of the following dimensions, viz.: Length over all, 351ft.6in.; breadth, 48ft. 6in.; and depth, 25ft., 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 after and fore peak ballast tanks, eight steam winches, steam steering gear amidships, hand screw gear aft, patent direct steam windlass, all with bronze rods, boats on deck overhead, ten derricks, four outstretchers, 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 25in., 40 ½ in., and 67in. diameter, with a piston stroke of 45in., and two
large steel boilers for a working pressure of 180lbs. per square inch.

The ceremony of naming the steamer Tilemachos was gracefully performed by Miss Harriet Wood, of West Hartlepool.

The vessel has been built to special specifications prepared by Mr. C. P. Sanderson, who has
superintended the building of hull and machinery.

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