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RIMS Warren Hastings


The Troopship Warren Hastings was a steel turnscrew ship rigged as a two-masted schooner. She was built at the Barrow shipyards in 1893 and was 330 feet long, almost 50 feet at the beam. Her displacement was 5000 tons, had 8 boilers and triple expansion engines of 3,500 horsepower. Her coal capacity was 700 tons and she had a top speed of 18 knots. This photo was taken while she was docked at Capetown, just before the ill-fated voyage to Mauritius in January 1897.


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