Pakhoi III

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Sister of the ship Hoihow II, Hunan II Class

Pakhoi III
ID /IMO No. 5268841.
Type Cargo/passenger.
Gross Registered Tonnage 2,868 grt. 1,656 nett.
Builder Taikoo D,& E. Co. Yard No. 291.
Delivery date 1941.
Hull Steel. clincher construction.
Decks 2.
Length 308 ft. F'c'sle 40 ft. Bridge 83 ft. Poop 36 ft.
Width 44 ft.
Depth 25 ft.
Engine Builder Taikoo D.& E.Co.
Engine Type Steam, triple expansion.
Engine cylinders 3, 20 ins.dia. 30 ins.dia. 53 ins dia.
Engine stroke 3.25 ft.
Engine Power 293 nhp. 1,350 ihp.
Propulsion mode Single screw.
Speed 12.5 kts.
Rigged Schooner.
Displacement 4,760 tons.
Deadweight 2,980 tons.
Bale capacity 173,120 cu.ft.
Block coefficient (Cb) 0.726
Power Steam.
Condenser cooling surface 1.350 sq.ft.
Steam expansion ratio 10.5
ratio_of_air_pump_capacity_to_lp_cylinder_volume 15.6
Boiler 2, cylindrical (scotch) with N.E.M. superheaters.
Boiler pressure 215 psi.
Boiler dimensions (total) 14.5 ft.dia. 11.25 ft.long.
Heating Surface (total) 4,450 sq.ft.
Grate Area (total) 116 sq.ft.
Fuel Oil.
Furnace 3 per boiler.
Furnace dimensions 3'5"long, 13/16" dia.
Draught forced.
Generator 1, steam recip.
Generator power 15 Kw.
Generator voltage 110V d.c.
Propeller Right hand, 14.0 ft.dia. 13.75 ft. pitch.
Propeller blades 4
Propeller formation Solid.
Propeller material Bronze.
Built classification society B.O.T.
Original owner China Navigation Co.


1941. The vessel was operated under the direction of the Shipping Controller with CNCo. as manager for the duration of hostilities.

April 23rd. 1949. Attacked in the Saigon River by Viet Minh forces. With the aid of French gunfire she managed to escape.

January 1964. Sold to the Peninsular Shipping Co., Hong Kong. Ocean Tramping Co. managers. Renamed "Longford".

May 1969. Broken up at Whampoa.


Events / Stories

During the period between October 1949 and March 1950 after the Peoples' Government of China came to power and CNCo. still operated on the China Coast, the Chinese crews frequently continued with their illegal smuggling activities, which the Government were trying to stop. The master of the "Pakhoi", David Wilson, when the vessel was in Tientsin after being interviewed by the authorities, received the letter, shown in the images section, from the government. Also shown are the instructions from CNCo., to the crews employed on the vessels to comply with the government laws or they will face dismissal by CNCo.