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Sister of the ship Funing I

IMO /ID No.5113589.
Type Cargo,
Gross Registered Tonnage 3,464 grt. 1,900 nett.
Builder Wm.Gray & Co., West Hartlepool. Yard No. 1413.
Delivery date Feb. 21st. 1951.
Hull Steel, clincher construction.
Decks 2.
Length 331.5 ft. F'c'sle 30 ft. Bridge 97 ft. Poop 33 ft.
Width 47 ft.
Depth 25.5 ft.
Engine Builder Central Marine Engine Works, Hartlepool.
Engine Type Steam, triple expansion.
Engine cylinders 3
Propulsion mode Single screw.
Speed 12 kts.
Displacement 3,856 tons
Power Steam.
Boiler 2, circulating (scotch) with superheaters.
Boiler pressure 215 psi.
Fuel Oil.
Draught Forced.
Propeller Right hand.
Propeller blades 4
Propeller formation Solid.
Propeller material Bronze.
Launched Oct.10th. 1950.
Original owner China Navigation Co.


Sept 1964. Sold to the Ocean Tramping Co. renamed "Wishford"

1972. Sold to the Peoples Republic of China.

1992 Deleted from register.


Events / Stories

October 1962. Gilbert Reid recalls the following incident when on a voyage from Japan to Hong Kong via mainland China. At that time the Chinese were killing off all the sparrows and other birds etc. that were eating grain, under orders from "Mao the Great Leader", this was so that the grain saved could be eaten by the people, who were starving. (This didn't make any difference to the numbers who were starving !) On arrival in Darien this was a problem, as the birds came on board the "Fengning", the cockatoos etc, were safe enough in the alleyways, but there were pigeons nesting up on the mast crosstrees and which were often seen flying around the vessel. They had to be caught and had their wings tied back, and they were later released after leaving Darien. The attached photo shows a quartermaster feeding a cockatoo on No.1 hatch.