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Sister ship of Changsha I, Taiyuan I and Tsinan I

ID /IMO No. 1091957.
Chingtu at Sydney
Type Cargo/passenger.
Gross Registered Tonnage 2,268 grt. 1,459 nett.
Builder Scott & Co.,CD, Greenock. Yard No. 247.
Delivery date 1886
Hull Steel,clincher construction.
Decks 2
Length 320.0 ft. F'c'sle 43.0 ft. Bridge 102.0 ft. Poop 46.0 ft.
Width 38.0 ft.
Depth 25.0 ft.
Forecastle 43.0 ft.
Bridge 102.0 ft.
Passengers 1st.class 15, 2nd.class 12, 3rd.class 28. Plus 150 deck in Chinese waters.
Engine Builder Greenock Foundry Co.
Engine Type Steam,Triple expansion.
Engine cylinders 3, 25"dia. 40" dia. 62" dia.
Engine stroke 4.0ft.
Engine Power 400 nhp. 1,600 ihp.
Engine RPM 70
Propulsion mode Single Screw.
Speed 12 kts.
Rigged Schooner.
Displacement 4,436 tons.
Deadweight 2,683 tons.
Bale capacity 126,930 cu.ft.
Block coefficient (Cb) 0.638
Power Steam
Condenser cooling surface 3,000 sq.ft.
Steam expansion ratio 10.0
ratio_of_air_pump_capacity_to_lp_cylinder_volume 15.0
ratio_of_sw_circulating_pump_capacity_to_lp_cylinder_volume 15.8
Boiler 2, cylindrical double ended (Scotch).
Boiler pressure 150 psi.
Boiler dimensions (total) 12.5 ft.dia. x 16.0 ft. long.
Heating Surface (total) 4,602 sq.ft.
Grate Area (total) 157.4 sq.ft.
Steam space volume 1,094 cu.ft.
Fuel Coal
Furnace 6 per boiler.
Furnace dimensions 2'11" dia. x 6'6" long.
Draught Natural
Generator voltage 110v.dc.
Propeller Right hand, 16.5 ft. dia. 18.5 ft. pitch.
Propeller blades 4
Propeller formation Solid.
Propeller material Cast iron.
Launched Aug.19th. 1886.
Launched by Miss Scott, daughter of builder.
Original owner China Navigation Co.
Delivered to owner Sept 29th. 1886.


Sept 26th. 1886. Delivered to China Navigation Co. as Chingtu. Refer to James Edward Williams, Master of the Chingtu.

July 1909. Withdrawn from the Australian service due to poor results and reduction of the ships to two on a monthly rotation. Sold to Ping An S.S.Co. of Shanghai. (Wallen & Co. managers). Renamed Chingtuan

1910. Sold to J.Christensen. Bergen. Based in the Far East. Renamed Chingtufu.

Sept. 1914. Sold to the Russian Volunteer Fleet Association, St.Petersburg. registered in Vladivostok. Renamed Yana.

Dec 2nd.1920. Reported to have been towed into Hakoddate with a damaged rudder.

1922. Sold to Hasegawa Tozaburo, Hakodate. Renamed Toyokuni Maru.

April 22nd. 1929. Wrecked on Cape Erino, near Hakodate in a fog.


Built for the Australian service.

Events / Stories

Refer to the Changsha I for a description of this class.

Chingtu and the boxer Rebellion 1901.

The Chingtu was employed as a troopship (No 106) in 1901 to bring back the Australian Naval contingent back from Tientsin to Sydney via Hong Kong. On arrival in Sydney the ship was placed in quarantine as one of the Australians was found to have cholera. Prior to the end of the quarantine period a total of seven cases developed, including the 3rd. Officer of the Chingtu. One of the cases proved fatal.