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TSS Otranto

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1927.

The Orient Liner Otranto.

"THE new Orient Liner Otranto, which has been built by Vickers Ltd. at Barrow for the Australian mail service of the Orient Steam Navigation Co Ltd., is now berthed at Tilbury Docks, preparing for her maiden voyage on January 9th. During the last weeks of the year she completed successful trials, and although designed for a service speed of 18 knots during her long run, a speed well over 19 knots was obtained. The Otranto is a sister ship to the SS Orama and the SS Oronsay, and her main dimensions are as follows:- Length, 658ft.; breadth, 75ft.; depth, 63ft., with a measurement o£ 20,000 gross tons. Her propelling machinery is of the twin-screw Parsons impulse and reaction turbine type, with single reduction gearing, and is designed for a total output of about 20,000 shaft horse-power at a service speed of 18 knots. Unlike the SS Orama, in which superheated steam is employed, the turbines of the Otranto are supplied with saturated steam at a pressure of 215 lb. per square inch. The results of the recent trials of the Otranto would seem to indicate that a very satisfactory fuel consumption is likely to be obtained under service conditions. The new liner is the third 20,000-ton mail steamer which has been added to the Orient Fleet in a period of a little over twelve months." [1]

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  1. The Engineer 1926/01/01