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The new Spanish ship of war Polayo is a magnificent vessel. She was launched nt Toulon, France, having been built by the Society des Forges ot Chantiers de la Mediterraruse. She is, approximately, 350 ft in length ; beam, 67-lffc; depth, 411 ft; draught, 25ft; displacement, 9,902 tons. Shohas two screws, driven by four compound engines ; also, fortytwo auxiliary used for all purposes, from the working of small fresh water pumps up to there for operating the hydraulic pumps that work the gun towers. Her armament consists of two 49 ton 10-inch guns, longitudinal axis, mounted on barbette in two turrets; two 12-inch guns, 49 tons each; two 101-inch 33-ton guns, on barbette in two lateral towers; one G inch bow gun; twelve 4J-inch guns in battery, steel 1 reechloaders, system of G. Hontoria. This ship is one of the most powerful vessels afloat. The directors of the P. and 0. Company remark in their half-yearly report that "at the present moment the outlook is not so satisfactory, as in certain trades, such as that to Australia, shipments have declined and rates have also fallen considerably ; while both the Bombay and Calcutta homeward markets hare

recently been in a state of partial collapse. But, inasmuch as tie general trade of the country appears to be in n satisfactory condition, it is reasonable to hope that these unfavorable tendencies may be of a temporaly character. At the same time the steady increase in the amount of tonnage, and the enhancement in the price of coal, are features in the condition of the shipping trade whic i must be taki n into account in looking to the future.”

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SHIPPING, Issue 7975, 2 August 1889

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SHIPPING Issue 7975, 2 August 1889

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