On This Day

30 March


1899 Ping Suey

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The 6,457-ton passenger and cargo ship Ping Suey (WC&C Yard No. 156) was launched today at high water by Workman, Clark & Co. Ltd. from their North Shipyard for the China Mutual Steam Navigation Co. Ltd. Her dimensions were: Length, 450 feet; Breadth of beam, 53 feet; Depth in hold, 33 feet, 11 inches, with a dead weight cargo carrying capacity of 9,200 tons.

Designed, along with her sistership Yangtsze (WC&C Yard No. 154), launched the previous January, the new vessels formed part of a three ship service intended for the Eastern trade. After the launch a tug conveyed the vessel's owners and guests on board Yangtsze, which earlier in the morning had proceeded down Belfast Lough on her trial voyage.

The Company, along with its fleet of thirteen steamers, was taken over by Alfred Holt & Co., Liverpool (Blue Funnel Line) in 1902.


1949 Rohidas

The 1,288-ton passenger ferry Rohidas (Yard No. 1388) was launched today for the Indian Co-operative Navigation & Trading Company.