Kweilin II

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Sister of the ship Kwangtung II The last of the class.

Kweilin II
IMO /ID No. 5198747.
Type Cargo.
Gross Registered Tonnage 5,902 grt. 3,213 nett.
Builder Taikoo D.& E.Co.Ltd. Yard No.473.
Delivery date Jan 1962.
Hull Steel, clincher construction.
Decks 2.
Length 422 ft. F'c'sle 36 ft. Poop 32 ft.
Width 56 ft.
Depth 33.5 ft.
Engine Builder Taikoo D.& E.Co.Ltd.
Engine Type Taikoo Doxford, 2 stroke, single acting, opposed piston, direct reversing. 67LBD4.
Engine cylinders 4, 670 mm dia.
Engine Power 4,500 bhp.
Propulsion mode Single screw.
Speed 14.5 kts.
Deadweight 6,477.
Power Diesel.
Aspiration Natural.
Boiler Composite, exhaust gas/fuel oil.
Fuel Diesel/Heavy fuel oil.
Propeller Right hand.
Propeller blades 4
Propeller formation Solid.
Propeller material Bronze.
Original owner China Navigation Co.


January. 1974. Sold to Rogers & Co., Port Louis, Mauritius. Renamed "Rogers Trader"

1982. Sold to Pacific International Lines (Pte)., Singapore. Renamed "Kota Berjaya"

February 14th.1986. Arrived at Gadani Beach for breaking up by the Jilani Copoation.


Events / Stories

Ian David Goddard remembers this incident on the voyage from Hong Kong to Brisbane, July 7th. 1964. This trip had got away to an auspicious start, we buried someone at sea. Not I would haste to add , a victim of my excursions into medicine, but the cremated ashes of the Secretary of the local China Coast Guild who also had the distinction of being the Old Man's grandfather or godfather. After stopping the engines off Tathong Point, the Old Man, Gordon Ellis Bennett, escorted by a noticeably reluctant group of officers worried about missing their pre lunch gins, went down to the poop. The casket was produced from a brown paper bag and to the accompaniment of the burial service(conveniently printed in the back of my Shipmasters Medical Guide, he was emptied over the side.. Unfortunately for the assembled mourners, the Old Man emptied the ashes over the windward side, so he promptly blew back inboard again, dusting our "whites" and redoubling our need for midday gins.