Wuhu III

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Sister ship of the Wusueh

Wuhu III
ID /IMO No. 1154047.
Type Cargo/passenger.
Gross Registered Tonnage 2,938 grt. 1,712 nett.
Builder Taikoo D.& E.Co. Yard No. 251
Delivery date 1930.
Hull Steel, clincher construcction.
Decks 2.
Length 295 ft.
Width 46 ft., extreme width 48 ft.
Depth 21 ft., to upper deck.
Passengers Saloon 42, First class 36 in 4 berth cabins, Steerage 144.
Engine Builder Taikoo D.& E.Co.
Engine Type Steam, triple expansion.
Engine Power 143 nhp.
Propulsion mode Twin screw.
Speed 12 kts.
Fuel oil.
Generator voltage 110V DC.
Propeller 2, right & left hand.
Propeller blades 4 per propeller.
Propeller formation Solid.
Propeller material Bronze.
Original owner China Navigation Co.

History

Dec 8th. 1941. Captured by the Japanese. Renamed "Kakuzan Maru"

Dec 29th 1943. Bombed and sunk by USAAF near Anking. Position 30.31 N / 117.02 E.

Service

Built for the Yangtse river services.

In the mid 1920's, during discussions in London, it was decided that there was no future in having a difference between "Foreign" and "Chinese" first class accomodation, and C.N.Co. would have to meet the probable future passenger market. The "Wuhu III" and "Wusueh" were designed to encompass this change. An intermediate saloon was designed with attention to detail and incorporating quality fittings, as growing numbers of Chinese passengers were demanding and willing to pay for the comfort etc. of the European standards. Booking arrangements were changed in as much as the first class accommodation would be managed by a European purser and Chinese staff, hence now not part of the compradore's contract. Chinese pasengers travelling by saloon class would now have to purchase their tickets at the foreign agents office.

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