Kwangtung I

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Sister ship of the Kalgan II

Kwantung I
ID /IMO No.1151431.
Type Cargo/passenger.
Gross Registered Tonnage 2,626 grt. 1,572 nett.
Builder Taikoo D.& E.Co. Yard No.186.
Delivery date 1921.
Hull Steel, clincher construction.
Decks 2.
Length 310.0 ft. F'c'sle 43.0 ft. Bridge & Poop 190.0 ft.
Width 44.0 ft.
Depth 23.0 ft.
Passengers 1st class 8, tween deck 18.
Engine Builder Taikoo D.& E. Co.
Engine Type Brown Curtis, Steam Turbines. wth double reduction gear boxes.
Engine cylinders 2, High & Low press, with astern turbines.
Engine Power 1,600 shaft hp.
Propulsion mode Single screw.
Speed 11.5 kts.
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) 4,259 sq.ft.
Grate Area (total) 82.5 sq.ft.
Fuel Oil / Coal.
Furnace 4
Furnace dimensions 3'9" dia.
Draught Forced.
Generator 1
Generator power 16 Kw.
Generator voltage 110 V.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.


December 28th. 1935. On a voyage to Canton, went hard aground on High Island at the mouth of the Canton river. Refloated after partial discharge of the for'd holds.

January 5th. 1942. Sunk by gunfire by the Japanese submarine "I-156", appoximately 100 miles southeast of Tjilatjap Java. Position 09.12 S. 111.10 E. The Japanese submarine machine gunned and rammed the lifeboats, when in the water, which contained the survivors. Out of the 96 crew and 40 military personnel, only 35 survived to be rescued. Francis Nettleton Booth who was the Master of the vessel was among those rescued. He was injured and transferred to a hospital in Colombo.


Built for the China coast - Bangkok service.

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