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ACHILLES 1865

ACHILLES 1865

Old Scotts' photo of the Blue Funnel cargo liner completed in 1865.

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vessels of this type that were basically sailing ships with steam engines , i guess the steam engines of that time must have lacked the range and dependablity for long distance trips , so they kept the sails .
 

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She was fitted with a single screw compound tandem driving a single crank shaft counterbalanced with a half flywheel. 2 cylinders, 945 IHP, 2 double ended locomotive type boilers, steam pressure 69lb, speed 10 knots.
This engine was designed by Alfred Holt and constructed by the builders. An average 20 tons of coal per day was used on the maiden voyage of 12350 miles.
In an unusual experiment,the position of rudder and screw were reversed, with the screw protruding beyond the rudder. This was unsuccessful because the lack of thrust on the rudder plate made steering very sluggish.
Achilles was broken up in Genoa in 1891.
Details courtesy of Duncan Haws.
 

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Hello Pat, I have Achilles transferred 1891 to N.S.M. 'Oceaan'. Then sold to Swedish owners in 1896 (no change of name), and in 1899 broken up at La Spezia. Is that correct ? Greetings, Kris.
 

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Kris,
You are correct, my mistake, she went to the Dutch arm of Blue Funnel, NSM Oceaan,in 1891, and was broken up in 1898.
My source says Genoa, but La Spezia is only a few Km down the coast.
No mention in Duncan Haw's book of a Swedish owner.
Regards,
Pat
 

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