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Robert Coverdale - Launch


Northern Daily Mail, July 29/11

Yesterday, Messrs. William Gray and Company, Limited, launched the handsome steel screw steamer Robert Coverdale for Messrs. Coverdale Brothers, West Hartlepool.

She will take the highest class in Lloyd’s register, and is of the following dimensions, viz.: Length over all, 361ft. 6in.; breadth, 50ft.; and depth, 25ft. 11in., 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 aft peak ballast tank, seven steam winches, steam steering gear amidships, hand screw gear aft, patent direct steam windlass, large horizontal multitubular donkey boiler, shifting boards throughout, stockless anchors, telescopic masts, with fore and aft rig, boats on deck overhead, and all requirements for a first class cargo steamer. The holds, bunkers, and top sides are coated with Siderosthen solution to prevent corrosion.

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 ship and machinery have been built under the superintendence of Mr. C. P. Sanderson on behalf of the owners, and the ceremony of christening the steamer Robert Coverdale was gracefully performed by Mrs. Gilbert Coverdale.

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