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S.S.Taishan - Built Taikoo Dockyard 1925

S.S.Taishan - Built Taikoo Dockyard 1925

This shows the launching ceremony for the Pearl River steam ferry S.S. “Taishan” on 10 June 1925 at the Taikoo Dockyard.

The ship was built for the Hongkong Canton & Macao Steamboat Co. Ltd. and was intended for the Hong Kong - Canton service

The vessel was a twin-screw steamer of length 300 ft. with a maximum beam of 56ft. Passenger accommodation consisted of 23 single and 10 double cabins ,plus 2 family cabins for 1st Class passengers. Accommodation for 24 “Intermediate passengers “ was provided in a saloon on the saloon deck with 3rd Class passengers on the main deck

The ship was  powered by 2 four-cylinder triple-expansion steam engines developing together 3,500 H.P.  designed to give the ship a cruising speed of 15 knots.   The steam was generated in four coal-burning boilers which could be converted readily to oil-fired .

For a number of years the ship was captained by Captain Thomas Pritchard whose memoirs are mentioned (with extracts) on other Gwulo posts. There is also a photo of a watercolour of "Taishan" posted by his relatives (here) 

Date picture taken (may be approximate): 
Saturday, October 10, 1925