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SS Anthracite

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1880 Loftus Perkins (1834–1891), having experimented with the application to steam engines of the use of steam at very high pressures, constructed a 7-ton yacht, the SS Anthracite. The Anthracite was fitted with a Perkins boiler.

1880 W. W. Harris, Acting Secretary of The Perkins' Engine Company, Limited, of 19 and 21, Queen Victoria-street, wrote to The Engineer, announcing the arrival of the ship in St Johns, New Brunswick after an 18 day voyage.[1] She was the smallest steam-powered vessel to have crossed the Atlantic.

1881 Description and drawings of compound engines on the Perkins Engine Co (of London) system, made by Hawks, Crawshay and Sons. [2]

1881 The vessel was owned by Frederick Power of Franks Hall, Farmingham, Kent. [3]


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Sources of Information

  1. The Engineer 1880/06/25
  2. [1] Engineering, 7 Oct 1881: Description and drawings
  3. [2] Engineering, 21 Jan 1881, p.62: Letter from Power, with a challenge