Kalgan II

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ID /IMO No.1145180
Type Cargo/passenger.
Gross Registered Tonnage 2,652 grt. 1,576 nett.
Builder Scotts S.& E.Co.Ltd. Yard No 483.
Delivery date Mar 28th. 1921
Hull Steel, clncher construction.
Decks 2
Length 310.0 ft. F'c'sle 43.0 ft. Bridge-Poop 188.0 ft.
Width 44.0 ft.
Depth 23.0 ft.
Passengers 1st class 8, Tween deck 18.
Engine Builder Scotts S.& E.Co.Ltd.
Engine Type 2,Brown Curtis, steam turbine, & double reduction gear boxes.
Engine cylinders High & low pressure, with astern turbines.
Engine Power 1,600 shp.
Propulsion mode Single screw.
Speed 11.5 kts.
Rigged Schooner.
Displacement 5,165 tons.
Deadweight 3,150 tons.
Bale capacity 163,520 cu.ft.
Block coefficient (Cb) 0.736.
Power Steam.
Condenser cooling surface 1,600 sq.ft.
Boiler Main, circulating (scotch) with N.E.M. superheaters
Boiler pressure 200 psi. 570 degrees Fahr.
Boiler dimensions (total) 17.75 ft.dia. 12.75 ft. long.
Heating Surface (total) 4,250 sq ft.
Grate Area (total) 82.5 sq.ft.
Fuel Coal / oil.
Furnace 4
Furnace dimensions 3'9" ins.dia.
Draught Forced.
Generator 1, 16 Kw. Steam recip.
Generator voltage 110 V d.c.
Propeller Right hand. 13.75 ft.dia. 13.0 ft. pitch.
Propeller blades 4
Propeller formation Solid.
Propeller material Bronze
Built classification society B.O.T.
Keel laid Nov 10th. 1919.
Launched Nov 17th. 1920
Original owner China Navigation Co.
Auxiliary boiler, Cochran 7.5 ft dia. 16.75 ft.high. Working press. 100 psi. Heating surface 730 sq.ft. Grate area 31.5 sq.ft.

Emergancy generator, Steam recip. 3 Kw.


The Kalgan II was the first of a class of eight vessels. As was usual minor modifications were incorporated in later vessels. The Kalgan II, Kweiyang II, Kiungchow and Kingyuan were built by Scotts Shipbuilding & Eng. At number 3 & 4 holds the decks were built over with accommodation and extra life boats installed. The Kaying, Kwangtung I and Kwangchow were built by Taikoo Dockyard & Eng. The Kiangsu was built by Caledon shipbuilding & Eng. Co., Dundee.

Sept 2nd.1937. Blown shore in Hong Kong during a typhoon - refloated.

Dec 12th.1941. Captured by the Japanese at Bangkok, renamed Nishi Maru

Nov 13th.1944. Bombed and sunk at Manila by U.S. aircraft. Position 14.31 N 120.55 W.


The "K" class vessels operated a weekly Shanghai - Swatow - Hong Kong - Saigon - Bangkok service, being designed for the emigrant run to Thailand and Indo-China.

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