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THE NORTHERN STEAMSHIP COMPANY.

; A NEW STEAMER. In order to keep pace with the require, ments for the largely-increasing trade between Auckland and the Upper Thames District, the directors of the Northern Steamship Company recently placed an order with Mr. Robert Logan, sen., the well-known shipbuilder, for the construction of a steamer somewhat on the lines of the Company's favourite steamer Waimarie. The new Bteamer, which is to bo called tne Taniwha, is now nearing completion, and Will be launched during next week. She has 'a very fine appearance on the stocks, and the builder has faithfully carried oub his instructions in building the vessel. When in commission she will be a most valuable ad« d' v ion to the company' fleet, and the management are to be congratulated upon their energy in keeping pace with the demands of the travelling public and shippers of freight. Mr. Charles Ranson, the manager of the company, lias taken a very active supervision in the building of the vessel, special consideration being given to the planning of the passenger accommodation. j It will be found that the whole of this department has been both conveniently and comfortably arranged, and special care has been bestowed upon' the ventilative and -.sanitary, arrangements throughout the vessel, the mosb modern and approved appliances having been specially imported for this purpose. The Taniwha is a wooden vessel, constructed on the diagonal principle, with three thicknesses of planking, her dimensions boing: Length between perpendiculars, 112 feet; beam, 24 feet; depth of hold, 7'B feet; draught, 5'6 feet. She has been specially designed for the carriage of a large cargo on a very shallow draught. The main deck extends from aft to the after bulkhead of the forecastle. The 1 top of-the forecastle is of , the same height as the forward bulwarks. The poop is 76 feet in length, in which is arranged the passenger accommodation,' card-room, and officers quarters. On the poop is a deck-house, 22 feet by eight feet, containing the companion way to the saloons, smoking-room, and captain's cabin. On each side of this house is a skylight for the purpose of providing plenty of ventilation,to the saloon. Further forward oh the poop is a second deckhouse in which is the steam steering gear, and on top of that is the pilot bridge, from which the vessel is navigated, Forward on the main deck is the main hatch, 14 feet by 10 feet, and the forecastle, which is very comfortably fitted to accommodate ten men.

The saloons are to bo upholstered in Utrecht velvet, and the card and smoking rooms in buffalo-hide, all being neatly panelled and finished. The smoking room is especially cosy in appearance, and is fitted with vertical sliding sashes on the railway carriage principle. There are two holds in which can be stored from 160 tons to 200 tons of cargo. The hatchways are large, and the winches and appliances for the loading and discharging of the steamer are, like those on board of the Waitnarie, especially heavy and strong to meet every requirement. The ballast tanks are built in right forward and alt and contain 12 tons and 8 tons of water respectively. The whole of the engine and boiler casings as also the bulkheads and boilers, are lined with blue asbestos blankets, so that the saloons and holds are entirely insulated from the heat of the machinery department of the steamer. This is tho first time that these patent blue asbestos blankets have been applied for this purpose in the colony, and it should greatly add to the comfort of all on board. The propelling power of the steamer is derived from two sets of direct-acting compound vertical surface-condensing engines, and one cylindrical multi-tubular marine boiler, 10 feet 6 inches in diameter and 9 feot C inches long, with a working pressure of 1101b per square inch. The engines are 11J inches and 23 inches by 16 inches, and are designed to develop 400 indicated horse power on trial, with a resultant mean of speed of 11 knots. The contractors for the whole of tho machinery are Messrs, A. and p. Price, engineers, of the Thames, who hre building the engines and boiler to the specification of Mr. George Gow, the company's assistant superintendent engineer, who has supervised their construction, during the progress of the work. In the engine-room will also bo placed two Worthington pumps to serve as auxiliary engines for the ballast tanks and general purposes. Tho circulation of water through the candonsers is effected by means of a Gwynne centrifugal pump and engine, which will safely admit of a high piston speed for the main engines. The machinery is to bo placed on board when the vessel is launched, and Clio work of completion will be pushed forward as speedily as possible. Throughout the steamer is to be fitted with the electric light, Messrs. J. Chambers and Son having the contract for the installation, under the supervision of Mr. Fenn. The plant consists of a -inch Chandler's engine, coupled direct to a dynamo by the Electric Construction Company, and equal to 60 lights. An admiralty type projector, with diverging lens, is to bo erected on the pilot bridge for the purpose of directing the navigation of the steamer at night. On tho forecastle forward is fitted a patent steam windlass, which operates on patent stockless anchors. By these means the anchors are drawn snugly home into the hawse pipes, and present a neat and compact appearance. The whole of the equipments of the steamer throughout are in accordance with the most modern practice. To secure easy, and positive manipulation of the steamer in narrow and circuitous waters a "Sentinel" steam-steering engine is fitted on the poop deck forward, and is fully under the control of the master from the pilot) bridge. On the whole tho Taniwha will be one of the most modern and complete vessels of her class in the colonies, and will undoubtedly be of great service to her enterprising owners, who keep well ahead of existing requirements, and whose constant care appears to be to provide vessels of a class which will serve the travelling public both faithfully and well. Mr., Robert Logan, sen., is nob only the builder of the steamer, but also the designer of the hull and fittings, and is to be highly complimented upon the manner in which he has carried out his contract, the timbers used in her construction and the workmanship being the best possible for strength and safety. The Taniwha makes the seventh vessel added to the Northern Company's fleet during the past two years, a fact which speaks highly for the successful and energetic management of the company's affairs. It might perhaps be mentioned that the. Northern Company's fleet now numbers 28 steamers of all classes,, and is probably the finest coastal fleet in the whole of the Australasian colonies. '

The first of the annual markets for the salo of mustard seed grown in Norfolk, Cambridge, and Lincolnshire took place at Wisbech on October 9th. All the leading merchants, including Colman and Co., Keen and Co., Sadler, Barringers, etc.,' were represented. There was a- fair show of seed, but farmers were greatly disappointed at prices. * The best samples' of white seed sold well, making up to lis a bushel, but • inferior samples were much cheaper, dropping to ,Bs. - Brown seed, for which farmers had expected, to get 12s 6d, only realised'lis, and at the close of the market the same seed was said to bo worth not more than 10s. The seed sold by farmers growing in the Cambridgeshire Fens waß of very good quality, but Lincolnshire seed was in short supply, and many lots were too green to meet with the approval of manufacturers.

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THE NORTHERN STEAMSHIP COMPANY., New Zealand Herald, Volume XXXIV, Issue 10627, 16 December 1897

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THE NORTHERN STEAMSHIP COMPANY. New Zealand Herald, Volume XXXIV, Issue 10627, 16 December 1897

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