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August - Launch


(Northern) Daily Mail, Feb 11/11

Yesterday, Messrs. William Gray and Co., Ltd, launched the steel screw steamer August, which they have built to the order of Mr. Jacob Christiansen, Bergen, Norway.

She will take the highest class in the British Corporation Register, and is of the following dimensions : Length over all, 422ft. 6 in.; breadth, 54ft., and depth, 28ft. 11in., with two decks laid, long bridge, poop, and top-gallant forecastle.
The saloon, state-rooms, captain’s, officers, and engineers’ rooms, etc., will be fitted up in houses on the bridge deck, and the crew’s berths in the forecastle.

The hull is built with deep bulb angle frames, clear holds, cellular double bottom, and large aft and fore-peak ballast tanks. 10 steam winches, exhausting into a winch condenser, steam steering gear amidships, hand screw gear aft, patent direct steam windlass, shifting boards, stockless anchors, telescopic masts fore and aft rig, boats on deck overhead, and ventilation sufficient for the Eastern trade, electric light, The vessel is fitted with electric light 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 26in., 42in., and 70in. diameter, with a piston stroke of 48in., and four steel boilers for a working pressure of 180lbs. per square inch.

The hull and machinery have been constructed under the superintendence of Mr. P. Bahnsen, on behalf of the owners, and the ceremony of naming the steamer August was gracefully performed by Miss Christiansen, daughter of the owners.

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