Chengtu I

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Chengtu I
ID /IMO No. 1136659.
Type Cargo/passenger.
Gross Registered Tonnage 2,219 grt. 1,338 nett.
Builder Scotts S.& E. Co. Ltd. Yard No.455.
Delivery date 1914
Hull Steel, clincher construction.
Decks 2
Length 285.4 ft. F'c'sle 36.0 ft. Bridge 65.0 ft.
Width 44.0 ft.
Depth 19.0 ft.
Passengers 1st. class:- 2. 3rd class Chinese 48, deck passengers
Engine Builder Scotts S.& E. Co.
Engine Type Steam, triple expansion.
Engine cylinders 3:- 19 ins dia. 31.5 ins dia. 53 ins. dia.
Engine stroke 3.25 ft.
Engine Power 139 nhp. 1,100 ihp.
Propulsion mode Single Screw
Speed 10 kts.
Rigged Schooner.
Displacement 4,540 tons.
Deadweight 2,950 tons.
Bale capacity 136,828 cu.ft.
Block coefficient (Cb) 0.76
Power Steam.
Condenser cooling surface 930 sq.ft.
Steam expansion ratio 12.1
Boiler Main:- 1, circulating (scotch).
Boiler pressure 190 psi.
Boiler dimensions (total) 16.58 ft high.
Heating Surface (total) 3,732 sq ft.
Grate Area (total) 82 sq.ft.
Steam space volume 612 cu.ft.
Fuel Coal
Furnace 4
Furnace dimensions 3'9" ins.dia.
Draught Forced.
Propeller Right hand, 13.75 ft' dia. 13.76 ft pitch.
Propeller blades 4
Propeller formation Solid.
Propeller material Bronze
Built classification society B.O.T.
Keel laid Mar 14th. 1913.
Launched Feb 28th. 1914.
Original owner China Navigation Co.
A natural draught coal fired Cochran vertical auxiliary boiler was installed, 7.5 ft.dia x 16.25 ft.high., w.p.100psi., 32 sq.ft. grate area.,720 sq.ft. heating surface,


The first of a class of four vessels the others being:- "Chusan", "Chungking I", and "Chekiang I".

March 1913. The hull construction was contracted out to Dunlop, Bremner & Co., Inch Yard, Port Glasgow. Yard No.278. This was the first group of the verticle profiles which became the standard for the China coasters.


Built for the China coast trade.

Events / Stories

Requisitioned by M.O.W.T. under Liner Requisition Scheme.

25.12.41: scuttled in Taikoo Dock, Hong Kong, on Naval orders. Raised by Japanese forces and renamed "Seito Maru".

26.10.44: Mined & sank near Kota Baru south of Makassar Strait, by an Australian mine.