ABERDEEN BUILT SHIPS


Name
KING SING
Construction
STEEL
Type
STEAMER, PASSENGER, CARGO
Date
1895
Official Number
105771
Description
Yard Number: 293
Date of Build/Launch: December 1895

Subsequent Names: HOCK SENG

Triple expansion 3 cylinder steam engine by Hall Russell & Co., Aberdeen 295 H.P.
2 single ended boilers of 170lbs & 85lbs p.s.i.
Midship deep tank of 230 tons capacity
Fore peak tank - 90 tons aft peak tank 35 tons

Indo China Steam Navigation Co. Ltd had their office at 28 Cornhill London, E.C. - Manager William Keswick.

Lloyd's Register of Shipping:
1918: Owner Indo China Steam Navigation Co. Ltd, Hong Kong.
1925: Change of owner to Thio K. Chuan.
1927: Change of name to HOCK SENG.
1931-32: Ship is listed under her radio call sign but she is not listed again in the main part of the book. She may have existed further but cannot find any reference afterwards - perhaps not insured by Lloyd's.

Aberdeen Weekly Journal, 16/12/1895:
Shipbuilding in Aberdeen, 1895 - last vessel which left Hall Russell's yard in 1895 was magnificent steamer KING SING for Tientsin [China] trade. Launched 16 Nov., has been fitted with Howden's system of forced draught; electric light throughout vessel.

Aberdeen Weekly Journal, 30/12/1895:
Trial trip of KING SING - in consequence of high southerly wind, heavy sea and dark atmosphere, which prevented marks of measured mile being seen from vessel, she had to put back to port without speed being tested. In the course of the short run compasses were adjusted, engines were found to work admirably and altogether the steamer behaved herself admirably in the heavy sea. Commanded by Mr. J.M. Hay, late of Union Line. Chief Officer is Mr. L.A. Muir and Chief Engineer Mr. Jon Mackintosh. Also on board Mr A.W. Baird, Lord Kelvin's assistant, who adjusted compasses made by James Whyte & Co., Glasgow, after patented design of Lord Kelvin. Steamer left Aberdeen yesterday afternoon for Blyth, where the measured mile will be run.
Owner
Indo China Steam Navigation Co.Ltd, London
Shipbuilder
Hall, Russell & Company, Limited
Dimensions
length 261' x breadth 38 1/12' x depth 22 9/12'
gross tonnage: 2000 ton

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