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Sister of the ship "Kweiyang II" & "Kalgan II"

ID /IMO No.1146160.
Type Cargo/passenger.
Gross Registered Tonnage 2,653 grt. 1,546 nett.
Builder Scotts Shipbuilding & Engineering Co., Greenock. Yard No.508.
Delivery date Oct 21st.1921
Hull Steel, clincher construction.
Decks 2.
Length 310.0 ft. F'c'sle 43.0 ft. Bridge 86.0 ft. Poop 23.0 ft.
Width 44.0 ft.
Depth 20.9 ft.
Passengers 1st. class 8. tween deck 18.
Engine Builder Scotts S.& E. Co.
Engine Type 2 x steam turbine & double reduction gearbox
Engine cylinders High and low press. with astern turbines.
Engine Power 160 shaft hp.
Propulsion mode Single screw
Speed 11.5 knots
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 Oil / 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.
Keel laid Dec 28th. 1920.
Launched Aug 31st. 1921.
Original owner China Navigation Co.
Auxiliary boiler, Cochran verticle 7.5 ft dia. 16,25 ft. high. Workung Press. 100 psi. Heating surface 730 sq.ft. Grate area 31.5 sq.ft.

Emergency generator 3 Kw. steam recip.


April 14th. 1944. The "Fort Stikine" (Port Line) exploded while discharging 1,300 tons of TNT at Victoria Dock, Bombay. The first explosion occurred at 15.45 hrs. followed by a larger explosion at 16.06 hrs, 19 merchant ships were destroyed, the dock area destroyed and also a large area of the adjacent town. The "Kingyuan" was gutted by the ensuing fire. Three Indian naval ships were also sunk or seriously damaged. Altogether 251 ship's crew members died, 940 persons are known to have disappeared, some estimates put the total deaths at around 2,000.

The "Fort Stikine" had sailed from Britain with munitions, with a first call at Karachi, where she loaded baled raw cotton in the lower holds for Bombay. She was carrying munitions, including 1,200 tons of TNT, and lubricating oil in drums in the 'tweendecks and the raw cotton in bales was loaded in the lower hold at Karachi. At that time raw cotton was an unusual cargo for British ships and the ship's officers, whilst they were aware of the hazards of this stowage - oil and cotton must always be separated as any leakage of oil into the cotton will result in spontaneous combustion - were unable to find any written authority to support their concerns, so they were overruled. Consequently the ship was a floating time bomb. Fire was going to start in the cotton as soon as leakage from the oil drums got to it. At Bombay she was not permitted to fly flag B for fear of sabotage and arrangements for taking off the explosives at the DG anchorage were cancelled.


Employed on the Swatow - Bangkok - Hong Kong service.

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