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Shahristan - Trial


Northern Daily Mail July 30/12

Yesterday, the large steel screw steamer Shahristan was added to the large fleet of vessels
owned by Messrs. Frank C. Strick and Co., Limited, of Swansea and London. The vessel has been built by Messrs. Wm Gray and Co, Ltd, of west Hartlepool to Lloyd’s highest class, and is of the following dimensions vis.: Length over all, 412ft. 6in.; breadth, 53ft. 6in., and depth, 29ft. 7 ½ in.

Triple-expansion engines have been supplied from the Central Marine Engineering Works of the builders, having cylinders 28in., 46in., and 77in. diameter, with a piston stroke 48in., and three large steel multitubular boilers of the builders well known flanged shell type, adapted for working pressure of 180lbs. per square inch, worked under Howden’s system of forced draught.

The engines are fitted with Contraflo main and auxiliary condensers, and a pair of Weir’s feed pumps and heater, 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 are very complete, and include a number of duplex pumps and evaporator of the builders CMEW type.

Amongst those on board to witness the trial were Mr Archibald Walker, who has superintended the building of the vessel. Mr. R. Marshall, representing the Board of Trade, and Messrs. M. P. Bolsius, of Rotterdam.

The performance of vessel and machinery was highly satisfactory, a speed of 13 knots being obtained.

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