Vanderbilt's Yacht VALIANT of 1893

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Vanderbilt's Yacht VALIANT of 1893

Post by Angus Mac Kinnon » Sat Feb 11, 2012 8:06 pm

In 1893, the largest and most luxurious yacht in the world was produced by Laird Brothers of Birkenhead as their Yard No. 594, to the order of the wealthy William Kissam Vanderbilt. This was the beautiful 2,400 tons twin-screw steam yacht S.S. VALIANT, Official Number 102104, launched on 3rd of May 1893 and completed in August of that year.

332 feet - overall
310 feet - between perpendiculars
39' 3" - beam
25' 6" - Depth Moulded

Two Triple Expansion Steam Reciprocating Engines developing 4,500 horepower to give the vessel 17.5 knots

Cylinders : 1 x 23", 1 x 36", 1 x 60" with a piston stroke of 36"

The yacht was fitted out to the very highest standard possible, superbly finished by the top artists and skilled craftsmen of the day, using the finest materials available.

She carried a crew of 62 comprisinng 32 in the Engine Room, 20 Sailors and 10 Cooks/Stewards.

In 1915 she was commandeered by the Royal Navy
In 1919 she was released again from naval service
In 1927 she was acquired by Manuelides Navigation Company and renamed IRA M
In 1933 she was acquired by Hellenic Coast Lines of Greece and renamed Hellas

During the bombardmment of Piraeus on 23rd April 1941 she was destroyed by enemy bombers

From an archive photgraph file - dated 1893 - of my old Company, Weir of Glasgow, who provided some of the Engine-Room equipment for this lovely vessel comes the photographs below :

+ A pair of steam reciprocating Feed Pumps
+ A submerged coil seawater Evaporator Unit

The photograph of S.S. Valiant is taken from a yacht collection of J. S. Johnston
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Valiant - 1.jpg
Vanderbilt Yacht S.S. Valiant
Vanderbilt Yacht - Main Feed Pumps.jpg
S.S. Valiant's Main Feed Pumps
Vanderbilt Yacht - Evaporator.jpg
S.S. Valiant's Fresh-Water Evaporator
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Vanderbilt's Yacht VALIANT of 1893

Post by Angus Mac Kinnon » Sat Feb 11, 2012 8:14 pm

The Vanderbilt Yacht as 'Valiant' and as 'Hellas'
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Another view of S.S. 'Valiant'
Valiant as the Hellas.jpg
S.S. Valiant as the Greek S.S. 'Hellas'
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Re: Vanderbilt's Yacht VALIANT of 1893

Post by Aris » Thu Mar 13, 2014 2:53 pm

The ship as she appeared as the Greek interisland ferry IRA M.
She was lost on April 24, 1941 by German bombers with over 300 lives lost.
ira m.jpg
Ira M - KZimeris.jpg
At Volos. K.Zimeris collection

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