Shasi II

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Shasi II
ID /IMO No.1128691.
Type Cargo/passenger.
Gross Registered Tonnage 1,327 grt. 790 nett.
Builder Taikoo Dockyard & Engine Co. Yard No.103.
Delivery date July 1910.
Hull Steel, clincher construction.
Decks 1
Length 235.0 ft.
Width 40.1 ft.
Depth 10.0 ft.
Passengers Deck.
Engine Builder Taikoo D. & E. Co.
Engine Type Steam, triple expansion.
Engine cylinders 3 per engine,9 ins dia., 14 ins dia., 23 ins. dia.
Engine stroke 15 ins.
Engine Power 54 registered hp., 600 ihp.
Engine RPM 250.
Propulsion mode Twin screw.
Speed 12 kts.
Boiler 1, cylindrical (Scotch)
Boiler pressure 175 psi.
Boiler dimensions (total) 12 ft. 9 in. dia., 11 ft.0 in. long. .
Heating Surface (total) 1,801 sq.ft.
Fuel Coal.
Original owner China Navigation Co.

History

July 1910. Delivered to China Navigation Co. On trials on July 12th., at a dislacement of 870 tons, the ship achieved a mean speed of 10.27 kts. the engines developing 800 ihp. This was the first vessel built by Taikoo Dockyard and Engineering for the China Navigation Co.

December 8th 1941. Captured by the Japanese, renamed "Rijo Maru". Vessel continued to operate in the same area.

August 1945. Returned to C.N.Co. ater the Japanese surrender.

October 1948. Sold to Chinese, presumed for breaking up.

Service

Built for the Hong Kong - Tungting Lakes sevice.

Events / Stories

November 3rd. 1928. While in the Yangtse river on a voyage between Hankow and Shanghai, within sight of Hankow, the vessel was taken over by 32 pirates who were disguised as deck passengers. The pirates overpowered the crew, killing one a Chinese tea boy/clerk and another crew member. An American passenger was also killed during the action. The pirates, who were all ex soldiers, left by a launch which was following the Shasi with their loot which was estimated at $30,000, was taken from the compradore's safe. Also various weapons were taken from the ship's armoury. The Shasi returned to Hankow where the wounded were taken to hospital.

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