Szechuen II

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Sister ship of the Sinkiang II

Szechuen II
ID /IMO No. 1151411.
Type Cargo/Passenger.
Gross Registered Tonnage 2,604 grt. 1,594 nett.
Builder Taiko D.& E. Co. Yard No. 182.
Delivery date 1920
Hull Steel, clincher construction.
Decks 2.
Length 310.0 ft. F'c'sle 37.0 ft. Bridge 74.0 ft. Poop 15.0 ft.
Width 41.0 ft.
Depth 22.0 ft.
Passengers 1st.class 6, 28 Chinese. 3rd.class 64.
Engine Builder Taikoo D.& E.Co.
Engine Type Steam turbine.
Propulsion mode Single screw.
Speed 11 kts.
Rigged Schooner.
Bale capacity 170,000 cu.ft.
Block coefficient (Cb) 0.74
Power Steam.
Condenser cooling surface 1,306 sq.ft.
Steam expansion ratio 10.2
Boiler Main, cylindrical (scotch). superheater fitted.
Boiler pressure 160 psi.
Boiler dimensions (total) 17.75 ft.dia. 12.75 ft. long.
Heating Surface (total) 4,250 sq.ft.
Grate Area (total) 82 sq.ft.
Steam space volume 693 cu.ft.
Fuel Coal/oil
Furnace 4
Furnace dimensions 3'9" dia.
Draught Forced.
Generator 1
Generator power 9 Kw.
Generator voltage 110 V.DC.
Propeller Right hand, 14.0 ft.dia. 13.83 ft.pitch.
Propeller blades 4
Propeller formation Solid.
Propeller material Bronze.
Built classification society B.O.T.
Original owner China Navigation Co.
Delivered to owner 1920.
Notes
Auxiliary boiler, Cochran verticle 7.5 ft dia. 16.3 ft. high, Working Press 100psi. heating surface 32 sq.ft. Grate area 32 sq.ft.

History

1920. The "Szechuen II", was a post World War 1 version of the "Sinkiang I". There were minor differences to the specifications, however they remained similar in appearance.

N.B., The Szechuen III, Shansi II, Sinkiang II and the "Soochow III" were post World War 2 versions of the Sinkiang I class of vessels.

Nov 27th. 1942. On military service during a voyage from Haifa to Port Said, loaded with aviation fuel, exploded in a pillar of flame and sank. Sabotage was suspected but never proved.

Service

Built for the China coast trade.

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