Swatow I

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Sister ship of Foochow I

Swatow I
IMO No. 1068462.
Type Cargo/passenger.
Gross Registered Tonnage 845 grt. 541 nett.
Builder Scott & Co., Greenock. yard No.154.
Delivery date July 2nd. 1873
Hull Iron, Clincher construction
Decks 2
Length 234.7 ft.
Width 26 ft.
Depth 18.34 ft.
Passengers Deck.
Engine Builder Greenock Foundry Co.
Engine Type Steam, compound expansion, inverted.
Engine cylinders 23", 46".
Engine stroke 3.0 ft.
Engine Power 98 nhp. 446 ihp.
Engine RPM 74
Propulsion mode Single screw
Speed 10 kts.
Rigged Schooner
Displacement 1765 tons
Deadweight 1107 tons
Block coefficient (Cb) 0.60
Condenser cooling surface 954 sq.ft.
Steam expansion ratio 6.7
ratio_of_air_pump_capacity_to_lp_cylinder_volume 25.9
ratio_of_sw_circulating_pump_capacity_to_lp_cylinder_volume 15.0
Boiler 2
Boiler pressure 60 psi.
Boiler dimensions (total) 14.0 ft. high x 8.5 ft wide x 9.0 ft. long.
Heating Surface (total) 1985 sq.ft.
Grate Area (total) 72 sq.ft.
Steam space volume 627 cu.ft.
Fuel Coal.
Furnace 2 per boiler.
Furnace dimensions 3'3" dia x 5'6" long.
Draught Natural.
Propeller Right hand,12.0 ft.dia. x 15.0 ft. pitch
Propeller blades 4
Built classification society Lloyds register
Launched July 19th. 1873.
Original owner George Batters, London
Delivered to owner Sept 7th. 1873.


Built as the "William Batters" for the Batters line, T.S.Begbie, managers.

John Henry Scott, an employee of John Swire in China, informed John Swire that his elder brother, John Scott (IV) a shipbuilder in Greenock, had unexpectedly had two ships left on his hands which would probably meet John Swire's requirement for new tonnage. John Scott (IV) and John Swire formed a partnerships to operate the ships which became the Coast Boats Ownery. The two vessels were renamed the Foochow I and Swatow I.

The Swatow I and Foochow I were later incorporated into the China Navigation Co. in 1884.

This was the start of a remarkable partnership, in various forms between the two companies, which resulted in Scott's building 98 ships for the China Navigation Co. Descendants of the Scott's are still active today in the management of the China Navigation Co., being a large shareholder.

January 6th. 1883. The Foochow I was thrown on her beam ends in a gale and a strong tide. The vessel was "righted" a few hours later.

February 22nd. 1888. During a voyage from Swatow to Shanghai, struck Half Tide Reef near Namoi Island and sank.


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