|SS Ben-my-Chree (1875)|
Ben-my-Chree berthed at the Coffee Palace Berth, Douglas.
|Owner:||1875-1906: Isle of Man Steam Packet Company|
|Port of registry:||Isle of Man|
|Builder:||Barrow Shipbuilding Company, Barrow-in-Furness|
|Cost:||£38,000 (£3,197,193 as of 2021).|
|Launched:||May 6th, 1875|
|Out of service:||1906|
Official Number 67288 |
Code Letters P K F Q
|Fate:||Scrapped at Morecambe, 1906|
|Tonnage:||1,020 increased after re-fit to 1,192 gross register tons (GRT)|
|Length:||310 ft 9 in (94.7 m)|
|Beam:||31 ft 9 in (9.7 m)|
|Depth:||13 ft 9 in (4.2 m)|
|Installed power:||2,300 shp (1,700 kW)|
|Speed:||14 knots (26 km/h; 16 mph).|
PS (RMS) Ben-my-Chree (II) No. 67288, was an iron paddle-steamer which served with the Isle of Man Steam Packet Company, and was the second vessel in the Company to bear the name.
Ben-my-Chree had an original tonnage of 1030, but this was increased to 1192 after a refit.
Length 310 ft 9 in (94.7 m); beam 31 ft 9 in (9.7 m); depth 13 ft 9 in (4.2 m); speed 14 knots (26 km/h; 16 mph); indicated horse power 2,300 shp (1,700 kW).
Ben-my-Chree was launched at Barrow-in-Furness on Sunday, May 6, 1875.
She was fitted with two oscillating two-cylinder engines of 65 inches diameter, with a 90 inch stroke.
Built by the Barrow Shipbuilding Company, Barrow-in-Furness in 1875, Ben-my-Chree was the largest ship built for the Company to that date.
Originally designed with a service speed of 14 knots, it was subsequently found that Ben-my-Chree operated two knots below this speed, despite modifications to her boilers.
Reboilered in 1884, she was altered to carry four funnels, in pairs fore and aft of the paddle-boxes. This made her the only four funnelled vessel in the history of the line.
After an uneventful career of 31 years, Ben-my-Chree was sold for scrap and broken up by T. W. Ward and Company at Morecambe, in 1906.
- RMS Ben-my-Chree.
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