Wanliu I

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Wanliu I
ID /IMO No. 5235935.
Type Cargo/passenger
Gross Registered Tonnage 781 grt. 451 net.
Builder Kiangnan Dock & Engineering Works. Shanghai.
Delivery date 1920.
Hull Steel ,clincher construction.
Decks 1
Length 196.0 ft. plus a shade deck from the Bridge to the Poop.
Width 31.0 ft.
Depth 9.5 ft.
Engine Builder J.I.Thorneycroft & Co. Southhampton.
Engine Type Steam, triple expansion.
Engine cylinders 3 per engine.
Engine Power Total,98 nhp.
Propulsion mode Twin screw.
Speed 9 kts. plus.
Boiler 2 x water tube.
Fuel Oil
Propeller 2, right & left hand.


1920. Built as the "Queen of the Gorges" for Mackenzie & Co. Shanghai, later renamed "Loongmow" ("Loong Mow") for the Upper Yangtse services, was used as a summer season steamer only when the water level was high.

1921. Sold to W.A Argent., Shanghai.

1923. Purchased by C.N.Co., renamed "Wanliu I". The tug "Shutung" and the "Shutung Flat" were also purchased at the same time.

Aug 28th. 1926. Attacked by General Yang Sen's troops. Several deck passengers were killed during the attack. Refer to the "Wantung" for further details.

1930. Transferred to the Taikoo Chinese Navigation Co.

May 31st. 1932. The vessel was abandoned after going aground 40 miles south of Chungking during a voyage to Ichang. The wreck was sold to the Ming Company. As the back of the ship was broken, she was cut in half for salvage and taken to the Ming Sung Industrial Co., where repairs were carried out and a middle section added. Renamed "Ming Chuan". A description of the loss of the "Wanliu" is included in the book "Yangtze Reminiscences" by Graham Torrible.

1938 Captured by the Japanese during the Sino-Japanese conflict (1937-1945), Renamed "Mari Maru".

Aug. 1945. Recovered on the Yangtse and reverted the name "Ming Chan".

1949. Taken over by the People's Republic of China. Scrapped in 1969 - ? Deleted from register 1971.


Events / Stories

Refer to:- http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/HMS_Cockchafer_(1915) for details of the Wanhsien Incident.