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The Northern Company's New Steamer.

- LAUNCH OF. THE RARAWAV. ; Oh April 30, Messrs Gourlay-Broth-f - ers .and Co. .launched from the Cart.-! ■ perdbwn shipyard, Dundee, a finelj;-. modelled twin-screw steamer, whick. has been built to ; ,the order of the Northern Steamship .Comganj; ofc Auckland, New Zealand. \ The vessel has been specially ,desig* \ < ned for the' company's passenger tracfe \ on the West Coast of New -, Zealand^ \ and is of the "awning >decTcTtype,f '. constructed to the highest " class - inj. \ Lloyd's Registry,, and under their sur- 1 1 veyor's-. special survey,' as well as in accordance with \ the Board of Trade regulations for a passenger cei+tficate. The principal dimensions are : Lebgtk ; 210 ft; beam, 31ft; depth, 14ft, ana i gross tonnage 1100. The hull through--; I out is of Siemens-Martin steal in ' ex- [ cess of Lloyd' rules, and is subdivided by five water-^ight^ bulkheads and arranged, with water ballast tanks forward and aft for trimming. , The main deck is of steel, sheathed with |>me, awning and shade deckV of teak, anct bilge keels are* fitted to minimise roll-?' ing' motions, '" -• The .fctire main dfeck is devoted to •the acconunodation" of passengers, , a total of 142 first-class and 48 secondclass, being arranged for.' The firstclass"'staterooms on main and lower, decks, are' large and airy, fitted with patent r iron folding berths, electric bplls, and lavatories -with i water'supply laid, on. The dining saloon on the mam deck, forward of the machinery, is a large .; apartment' extending right across the ship* and p.inelled'in polished oak.' A stairway leads^to the social, hall on the awning deck^wbich adjoins "the"snibkiiig'r6'6m,7th~ese r'oomat being in. oak and walnut respectively, and iaving a dome skylight' above with stained ,glass windows. A 'ladies' cabin adjoins the saloon, and ail the work is tastefully upholstered. Pan-i tries, bars, and lavatories, are fitted,, replete with every modern convenience^ /^he second-class passengers . are* berthed aft on the^ main deck with a ladies' cabin in house on awning, deck; , above, panelled in polished mahogany^ and fitted similar tothS Ursst-classj The oificerg are berthed amidsfiipg; and . the . crew in the forecastle, while . ac-i commodation is arranged for steward^, on £he lower deck aft. The Vessel, id rigged -as, a fore-and-aft schooner,, with steel masts, , constructed for lifting heavy weights, and -has- two-hatch-es each with steam winch and doubla derricks for handling cargo. The otli-' er, deck niachinery consists o£ a. powie4 steam . windlass in bow, steam ■ steering gear amidships, and a screw geai? *&- ■'<'- ---;-. . • / / ■". * -,A-.£oniplete installation of the .elec-l trie, light has been fitted ihroughtmih the vessel^, and special care has . been , taken to ensure that every part shall be. , thoroughly .ventilated. A; large cooling- chamber is iitted on the'lowefl deck for carrying perishable cargoes^ with, refrigerating machinery, by Me's? srs Hall, on the carbonic anhydride; system, &nc[ arranged 'also for making a supply of ice. Great attention haa been paid. /to the question of lif«-sav> ing appliances, there being n> fewerj than ; six large boats fitted witH a pai tent gear* for rapid springing out, ancl also , automatic detaching .gear for thel tackles, and a cork life-belt has been provided for every soul' on board. , v The boats are carried on shade deck^ above" the awning"deck, J ~and all iuter-i mediate spaces are filled in with- carwvas'awnings,, while, teak wind-screensi and canvas. side-screens will eiisiirejfche protection of passengers from gun and wind. ' The vessel has been built to( the designs and specifications, of- Mfl / George Gow, superintending '(ngineee to the Nortibern Steamship Oomptaiyj whose "knowledge of the- cbnditions un- , der which the ship will have to work, has proved extremely uvahiable to thd builders. It may be mentioned vthaif the s.s. Rarawa is an enlarged -and improved edition of the U.S. Si Go?& Ngapuhi, which was built by \ Messrs Gourlajp Brothers for the same service three years ago. , , -- • The "christening" ceremony was per* v formed by Miss Elsie Hitchcock, niece! of Mr Ranson, manager of the Ncrthj crn Steamship Company, and among the guests present were Mi* &nd Mrfil Hitchcock, and Messrs tfinlayson and Buckland, of Auckland.— New Zealand Herald. •

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The Northern Company's New Steamer., Taranaki Herald, Volume L, Issue 12276, 8 June 1903

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The Northern Company's New Steamer. Taranaki Herald, Volume L, Issue 12276, 8 June 1903