Szechuen I

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Sister ship of "Sungkiang" but single screw.

Szechuen I
ID /IMO No. 1104896.
Type Cargo/passenger.
Gross Registered Tonnage 1,885 grt. 1,158 nett.
Builder Scott & Co. CD. Yard No. 330.
Delivery date June 22nd. 1895.
Hull Steel, clincher construction.
Decks 1
Length 260.0 ft. F'c'sle 29.0 ft. Bridge 68.0 ft.
Width 38.0 ft.
Depth 22.5 ft.
Passengers Deck.
Engine Builder Greenock Foundry Co.
Engine Type Steam, triple expansion.
Engine cylinders 20 ins. dia. 32 ins. dia. 52 ins. dia.
Engine stroke 3.25 ft.
Engine Power 250 nhp. 1,100 ihp.
Propulsion mode Single screw.
Speed 10 kts.
Rigged Schooner.
Displacement 3,953 tons.
Deadweight 2,693 tons,
Bale capacity 123,650 cu. ft.
Block coefficient (Cb) 0.78
Power Steam.
Condenser cooling surface 1,750 sq. ft.
Steam expansion ratio 11.0
ratio_of_air_pump_capacity_to_lp_cylinder_volume 17.6
ratio_of_sw_circulating_pump_capacity_to_lp_cylinder_volume 17.3
Boiler 2, cylindrical (scotch)
Boiler pressure 180 psi
Boiler dimensions (total) 14.5 ft. high, 10.25 ft. long.
Heating Surface (total) 3,362 sq.ft.
Grate Area (total) 126 sq.ft.
Steam space volume 886 cu.ft.
Fuel Coal.
Furnace 3 per boiler.
Furnace dimensions 3'6" dia. 7'0" long.
Draught Natural.
Generator voltage 110 volts D.C.
Propeller Right hand, 14.0 ft. dia. 15.33 ft. pitch.
Propeller blades 4
Propeller formation Solid.
Propeller material Cast iron.
Launched May 29th. 1895.
Original owner China Navigation Co.
Delivered to owner June 22nd. 1895.


1916. Taken over by the Shipping Controller, London, and defensively armed for the duration of WW1.

May 10th. 1918. During a voyage from Famagusta to Port Said with general cargo and firewood, Captain Arthur Tucker in command, was torpedoed and sank by UB51 under the command of Ernst Krafft, 66 miles North east of Port Said, position 32.00 N, 32.46 E. Total of 9 persons killed. Arthur Tucker survived and was awarded Lloyds Silver Medal.

June 22nd. 1918. Finally declared a total loss.


Built for the China coast trade, a beancaker, refer to Sungkiang.

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