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THE NORTHERN S.S. CO.

LAUNCH OF THE APANUL.

[mom our, OWN COBItESrO.N'DENT.] London, June 1?, At high water the day before yesterday/, Mesa's. David J. Dunlop and Co., engi* I neers and shipbuilders, of Inch. Works, Port Glasgow, launched the s.s, Apanui, which has just been built by them to the ordec of the Northern Steamship Company o f' ' Auckland, New Zealand, being the first of three passenger and cargo steamers under : ' order from the same firm, for the special coasting service of the Northern Sleamshh, Company. ";'•-.: The following are the chief dimensions of the new boat: —Length between perpendi culars, 110 ft; breadth, moulded, 22ft* 1 depth, moulded, 9ft 6in. The machinery ' consists of one set of triple expansion ml' gines, having cylinders B£in, Ufa and' 23|in diameter, by 15in length of stroke '■ •with one largo multitubular boiler, working vt " at a- pressure of 1801b per square inch. Pas* : senger- accommodation is provided for •$ first-class style aft and amidships for abouti' 50 persons, and the officers and crew are suitably provided for.- Electric light and all modern appliances for conveniently and expeditiously working the steamer have been : adopted. The christening ceremony was performed by Miss Gow, daughter of Mr. George Gow superintending engineer for the company*Among those present on the occasion was Mr. John McFarlane, of Messrs. J. M. Me : Farlane and Co., local agents for the North' em Steamship /Company. Immediately '• afterwards the Apanui was moored alongside! the builders' wharf to receive her machinery and to complete her fitting out in preparation for an early departure on her way to 1 the scone of her future work. "•'■■/

. In a letter to Mr. Charles Ranson, general ' manager of the Northern Steamship Company received by the San Francisco mail yesterday, Mr. Gow, writes that owin* to a : strike among the patternmakers in Messrs - Dunlop and Co.'s employ, the completion"! of the Apanui had been delayed. A further - delay occurred owing to a fire in Messrs' !i Dunlop's works, but did not affect the engines of the steamer, the fire occurring in, • another part of the works. Captain Hooper chief officer of the Government steamer Hine'i moa, who had been in England putting hi his time for the Royal Naval Reserve had been appointed to bring the Apanui out to- •-. New Zealand, but owing to the delay in her" completion, much to Mr. Gow's regret Can tain Hooper had to leave England by th« Union. Company's new steamer Wairuna, as his leave of absence had. nearly expired and he could not delay any longer. Cap? tain Monro has been appointed to brim: the steamer out, with Mi-. Dykes as chief officer ! v and Mr. Pitcher as chief and guarantee en' gmeer The Apanui will come out by. tha ; ; Suez Canal route. J *' Mr Ranson has received a cable message' : from Mr. Gow stating that the Apanui left. Scotland on July 8 for New Zealand. •

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THE NORTHERN S.S. CO., New Zealand Herald, Volume XLII, Issue 12922, 19 July 1905

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THE NORTHERN S.S. CO. New Zealand Herald, Volume XLII, Issue 12922, 19 July 1905

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