SS Darien (1924)
|Owner:||Balboa Shipping Co, Inc.|
|Operator:||United Fruit Company|
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|Builder:||Cammell Laird, Birkenhead|
as built: 325.2 ft (99.1 m)after lengthening: 352.7 ft (107.5 m)
|Beam:||48.1 ft (14.7 m)|
as built: 22 ft 5.5 in (6.85 m)after lengthening: 22 ft 6.5 in (6.87 m)
|Depth:||28.3 ft (8.6 m)|
SS Darien was a refrigerated cargo ship of the United Fruit Company. Cammell Laird of Birkenhead, England built her as MV La Marea, completing her in 1924. She had been renamed Darien by 1930 and had been re-engined from diesel to steam by 1931.
La Marea was built as a diesel-electric motor vessel, with four four-cylinder single-acting two-stroke diesel engines. They powered electric generators that supplied current to a single electric propulsion motor rated at 981 NHP that turned a single propeller shaft. She was equipped with both submarine signalling and wireless.
By 1930 Darien had been lengthened by 27.5 feet (8.4 m), which increased her gross register tonnage by 592 tons. By 1931 she had been converted from diesel-electric to steam turbo-electric propulsion. Her four diesel engines and four electric generators were replaced with two water-tube boilers and a single British Thomson-Houston turbo generator. Her boilers had a combined heating surface of 8,660 square feet (805 m2) and a working pressure of 400 lbf/in2. The conversion reduced Darien's power output to 839 NHP.
Darien was not United Fruit's first turbo-electric ship. As early as 1921 Workman, Clark and Company of Belfast had completed SS San Benito for Balboa Shipping, again using a BT-H turbo generator and propulsion motor.
- Lloyd's Register, Steam Ships & Motorships (PDF). London: Lloyd's Register. 1930. Retrieved 5 May 2013.
- Lloyd's Register, Steamers & Motorships (PDF). London: Lloyd's Register. 1931. Retrieved 5 May 2013.
- Lloyd's Register, Steamers & Motorships (PDF). London: Lloyd's Register. 1934. Retrieved 5 May 2013.
- Lloyd's Register, Steamers & Motorships (PDF). London: Lloyd's Register. 1945. Retrieved 23 May 2013.
- Lloyd's Register, Steamers & Motorships (PDF). London: Lloyd's Register. 1933. Retrieved 5 May 2013.