Tug "Tai Koo" II

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"Tai Koo" II
I.D. No. 1159470
Type Ocean-going Salvage vessel.
Gross Registered Tonnage 688 tons
Builder Taikoo Dockyard & Engineering Co. Yard No. 271.
Delivery date 1937.
Hull Steel.
Decks 1
Length 156 ft.
Width 35 ft.
Engine Builder Taikoo Dockyard & Engineering Co.
Engine Supplier Taikoo Dockyard & Engineering Co.
Engine Type Steam, 2 x triple epxansion.
Engine cylinders Per engine, 14 ins. dia. 22.75 ins. dia. 37 ins. dia.
Engine stroke 27 ins.
Engine Power Total 1,250 ihp.
Engine RPM 120 rpm.
Propulsion mode Twin screw.
Power Steam.
Aspiration Forced.
Boiler 2, cylindrical (Scotch)
Boiler pressure 200 psi.
Fuel Coal.
Generator Sulzer, 2RKWN21.
Generator power 90 bhp @ 500 rpm.
Propeller 2, one left hand & one right hand.
Propeller blades 4 per propeller.
Propeller formation Solid
Propeller material Bronze.
Original owner Taikoo Dockyard & Engineering Co.
Delivered to owner 1937

History

1937. Built by Taikoo Dockyard & Engineering Co, for themselves as an Ocean-going Salvage vessel.

Interesting feature of the engines was that there were separate steam and exhaust piston valves on the L.P. cylinder operated by one set of valve gear through a crosshead, and the arrangement of the direct acting steam-hydraulic reverse gear, designed to set the valve gear to any required H.P. cut-off, chosen from the graduated index plate at the control lever.

Sept 12th.1941. While carrying out salvage operations for the U.K. government at the Red Sea port of Massawa, was lost when it struck a mine. Position 16.45 N / 40.05 E

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