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SS Otway (1909-1917)

The following report appeared in The Sydney Morning Herald on 8 July 1909.


The twin-screw steamer Otway, the second of the five liners built for the Orient Steam Navigation Co.'s mail service, ran full-power trials on the Firth of Clyde on May 26. She has been constructed by the Fairfield Shipbuilding and Engineering Co., Govan, and is similar to the other four vessels in dimensions and in internal arrangements to the other two built on the Clyde. But she is furnished in darker tints than Clydebank's Orsova.

The first-class dining saloon is in walnut, in old English style. The lounge and drawing room are in Italian walnut, and the music-room adjoining in Italian walnut relief and planetree carving. The deck above has been raised so as to give a height below of about 11ft. The smoking room is in carved oak, old English style. Eight of the cabins are cabins de luxe, and are finished in satinwood, oak, mahogany, and planetree. In the dining saloon and also in the bedrooms of the cabins de luxe there are ventilating punkahs, while in each cabin there is a ceiling fan. Many of the cabins are single berth, and a number are on the Bibby principle.

The second class dining saloon is in polished mahogany, the ladies' or music room in light oak, and the smoking room in teak. The third-class dining saloon, on the main deck, extends from side to side of the ship. The third class have also a ladles' room and smoking-room. The majority of the rooms are for two and four passengers.

The Otway, which has accommodation for 1000 passengers, ran the measured mile trials at Skelmorlie. She carried out a series of runs, varying in speed from 13 knots to a maximum of 18.2 knots. Afterwards a series of trials were carried out to determine the diameter of the turning circle. This was found to be three cable lengths. Further trials consisted of four runs between the Cloch and Cumbrae Lights. These proved thoroughly successful, a mean speed of 17.87 knots being attained. Later she went on a six hours' continuous run at this speed.

She afterwards left for London, running on the way a 24 hours' coal consumption trial. The stipulated limit is 1.4lb per i.h.p.

The Otway sails for Sydney on Saturday next in command of Captain Symons.

Owner/SourceReproduced Courtesy of Trove Online Archives.
DateAdded 16 Oct 2012
Linked toElizabeth Cox (Emigration); Emily Elsie Alice Maidstone (Emigration); William Henry Maidstone (Emigration); James Edward Smith (Emigration)

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