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Sister ship of the Kalgan II

ID /IMO No. 1152086.
Type Cargo/passenger.
Gross Registered Tonnage 2,626 grt. 1,572 nett.
Builder Taikoo D.& E. Co. Yard No. 190.
Delivery date 1922.
Hull Steel, clincher construction.
Decks 2
Length 310.0 ft. F'c'sle 43.0 ft. Bridge & Poop 188.0 ft.
Width 44.0 ft.
Depth 21.0 ft.
Passengers 1st. class 8, tween deck 18.
Engine Builder Taikoo D.& E. Co.
Engine Type Brown Curtis steam turbine, & double reduction gear boxes.
Engine cylinders 2, High & Low pressure with astern turbines.
Engine Power Total 1,600 shaft hp.
Propulsion mode Twin 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, cylindrical (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.
Furnace 4
Furnace dimensions 3'9' dia.
Draught Forced.
Generator 1, steam recip.
Generator power 16 Kw.
Generator voltage 110 DC
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.
Original owner China Navigation Co.
Auxiliary boiler, Cochran verticle, 7.5 ft.dia. 16.25 ft. high. Working press. 100 psi. heating surface 730 sq.ft. Grate area 31.5 sq.ft.

Emergency generator 3 Kw.


April 14th. 1923. Blown ashore on to rocks at Swatow during a typhoon. Refloated and taken to Taikoo dockyard for repair.

June 1942. The Kaying was employed by the Admiralty in Siamese waters as a wireless station.

March 18th. 1943. At 08.34 hrs. during a voyage while in ballast, departing Benghazi on March 9th. to Tripoli, Libya / Alexandria, the "Kaying" was torpedoed by the German submarine U 593, commanded by Gerd Keibling, 120 miles south of Cape Matapan, near Derna, Cyrenaica, position 32.59N, 22.21E. The Kaying was badly damaged and foundered the next day in heavy weather. Seven crew members and two gunners were lost. The Master Reginald Harvey Fairley, 68 crew members and four gunners were rescued and landed in Alexandria.

The same spread of torpedoes also sank the "Dafila" (British & Continental), 21 crew members died, and 3 were wounded.


Built for the China coast - Bangkok service.

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