Yochow II

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First diesel engined of the class Hunan II

Yochow II
ID /IMO No. 5197226.
Type Cargo/passenger.
Gross Registered Tonnage 2,810 grt. 1,630 nett.
Builder Scotts D.& E.Co. Yard No.558.
Delivery date Nov 20th.1933.
Hull Steel, clincher construction.
Decks 2.
Length 308 ft. F'c'sle 40 ft. Bridge 79 ft. Poop 36 ft.
Width 44 ft.
Depth 23.ft.
Passengers 1st.class 4, 2nd.class 17, 3rd.class 47.
Engine Builder Scotts S.& E.Co.Ltd.
Engine Type Scott diesel, 2 stroke, single acting, solid injection.
Engine cylinders 5, 22 ins.dia.
Engine stroke 3.0 ft.
Engine Power 1,250 bhp.
Engine RPM 116.
Propulsion mode Single screw.
Speed 12.5 kts.
Rigged Schooner.
Displacement 4,760 tons.
Deadweight 2,990 tons.
Bale capacity 186,080 cu.ft.
Block coefficient (Cb) 0.726.
Power Diesel.
Aspiration Natural.
Fuel Oil.
Generator 3, diesel.
Generator power 65 Kw. each.
Generator voltage 220 d.c.
Propeller Right hand, 12.0 ft.dia. 11.5 ft.pitch.
Propeller blades 4.
Propeller formation Solid.
Propeller material Bronze.
Keel laid Feb 8th. 1933.
Launched Oct 19th. 1933.
Launched by Mrs. John Scott.
Original owner China Navigation Co.


The "Yochow II" and her sister ship "Yunnan III" were the only two diesel propelled vessels in this class. These two Scott diesel engines were the only two diesel engines of this design ever built by Scotts. No reports of any serious problems (except one ) with the performance of them is recorded, and as the ships lasted for 37 years, it can be concluded that they were reasonably reliable propulsion engines, however in the later years the main engine encountered more than normal problems causing stoppages at sea, and the two black balls were often raised !! The engine was a smaller version of the engine installed in the Anshun I. Minor changes being that the scavenge pumps were installed at the for'd end of the engine, and the scavenge air trunking being installed below the cylinders.

As the diesel machinery took up less space, the cargo Bale Capacity was increased by 12,960 cu.ft. for the same size of hull.

December 4th.1938. The vessel collided with a fishing junk off Taichow Island. The fishing junk sank and one man presumed to have drowned. The 2nd Mate reprimanded for delaying action and failing to call the Master ( David Wilson)

1941. Managed to reach Australia safely. Employed between Australia and T.P.N.G. transporting Supplies.

October 29th. 1942. Broke down off Hervey Bay and towed to Sydney for repair.

November 1960. Sold to Guan Guan Pte., Singapore. Renamed "Kuda Mas"

October 1963. Transfered to Hongkong South Sea Shipping Co., Hong Kong, renamed "King Bay".

December 21st. 1969. on a voyage from Bali to Hong Kong,became stranded on a reef in the Sulu Sea.(Position 8.54 N 120.1 E) cargo unloaded.

September 1970. Ship refloated. Arrived under tow at Cebu. Sold to Chandler enterprises for scrapping.

May 1972. Broken up at Cebu.


Built for the China coast/South East Asia trade.

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