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Gorjistan - Trial


Northern Daily Mail July 28/11
Yesterday the large steel screw steamer Gorjistan, built by Messrs. William Gray and Co., Ltd., for Messrs. Frank C. Strick and Company, Limited, 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.

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.
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 steel 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 condenser being installed for the auxiliary machinery.  A pair of Weir’s feed pump 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, including a number of duplex pumps of the makers “C.M.E.W.” type, being very complete and carried out in accordance with the requirement of the owners’ superintendent engineer.
The performance of ship and machinery was very satisfactory. Mr. Archibald Walker, who has superintended the construction of the ship, represented the owners on the trial.

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