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Sister ship of the Kalgan

ID /IMO No.1146136.
Type Cargo/passenger.
Gross Registered Tonnage 2,653 grt. 1,545 nett.
Builder Scotts S.& E. Co. Yard No. 507.
Delivery date Sep 26th. 1921
Hull Steel, clincher construction.
Decks 2
Length 310.0 ft. F'c'sle 43.0 ft. Bridge 86.0 ft. Poop23.0 ft.
Width 44.0 ft.
Depth 23.0 ft.
Passengers 1st. Class 8, Tween deck, 18.
Engine Builder Scotts S.& E. Co.
Engine Type Brown Curtis steam turbines, double reduction gearboxes.
Engine cylinders 2 sets of high & low press turbines with astern turbines.
Engine Power 1,600 shaft hp.
Engine RPM Shaft 100 rpm.
Propulsion mode Single screw.
Speed 11.5 kts.
Rigged Schooner.
Displacement 5,165 tons.
Deadweight 3,159 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 July 24th.1920.
Launched July 22nd.1921.
Original owner China Navigation Co.
Auxilliary 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.


November 28th.1942. Fire broke out when loading aviation fuel at Tobruk. Ship scuttled in shallow water to extinguish the blaze. Raised and towed to Alexandria. Acquired by the Ministry of War Transport with C.N.Co. as managers.

1946. Sold to the British India Steam Navigation Co. renamed "Kilwa" and placed on the East African servie Mombassa-Durban.

April 15th.1956. Arrived Hong Kong for breaking up by Chiap Hua Mfy. Co.


The Kiungchow was deployed on the monthly Hong Kong-Haihow-Pakhoi-Haiphong / Indo China service.

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