SS Douglas (1864)
|Port of registry:||Douglas, Isle of Man|
|Builder:||Caird & Co., Greenock|
|Cost:||£24,869 (£2,133,508 in 2015).|
|Launched:||11th May, 1864|
|Out of service:||1888|
|Identification:||Official Number 45470
Code Letters V D L H
|Fate:||Disposed of at auction together with Tynwald|
|Tonnage:||709 gross register tons (GRT)|
|Length:||227 feet (69 m)|
|Beam:||26 feet (7.9 m)|
|Depth:||14 feet (4.3 m)|
|Installed power:||1,400 shp (1,000 kW)|
|Propulsion:||Two-cylinder oscillating engines working at 25 pounds per square inch (170 kPa), producing an indicated horsepower of approximately 1,400 shp (1,000 kW)|
|Speed:||15 knots (28 km/h; 17 mph)|
Douglas was the second of three ships ordered for the Company from the yards of Caird & Co. of Greenock, and was launched on May 11, 1864.
Douglas had a service speed of 15 knots (28 km/h; 17 mph), with an indicated horse power listed as 1400, and a boiler pressure of 25 pounds per square inch (170 kPa). She had one funnel forward and one aft of the paddle boxes, with the main mast close to the after funnel.
Douglas and her two sisters Snaefell and Tynwald, were all considered to be fast vessels. Indeed, Snaefell is documented as being able to perform the run from Douglas to Liverpool in 4hrs 20 minutes, which would suggest a speed of slightly in excess of 15 knots (28 km/h; 17 mph).
Douglas was considered a successful ship, and was reboilered in 1869 at a cost of £4,000 (£322,392 in 2015).
After an uneventful career with the Company, Douglas, along with her sister Tynwald, were disposed of by auction in 1888. The two ships together realised the sum of £24,622 (£2,393,104 in 2015).
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- Ships of the Isle of Man Steam Packet Company (Fred Henry) p.64
- Ships of the Isle of Man Steam Packet Company (Fred Henry, 1973) p.64