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Haslingden - a general history

Official No. 102725: Code Letters NSHT.

Masters: 1895-1901 J Diggins: 1902-17 C Willis: 1917 JC Nisbet: 1918 H Johns.

Hartlepool Northern Daily Mail – 28th March, 1895
THE s.s. HASLINGDEN. TRIAL TRIP. On Tuesday, the s.s. Haslingden went on her trial trip. She is a steel screw-steamer of the following dimensions: Length overall, 280ft.; breadth, 37ft.; and depth, 20ft. She has been built by Messrs Wm. Gray and Co., Limited, to the order Messrs Murrell and Yeoman of West Hartlepool, and takes Lloyd's highest class. The deck erections consist of poop, raised quarterdeck, long bridge, and topgallant forecastle. A handsome saloon, state room, and accommodation for captain and officers have been fitted up in the poop, and comfortable quarters for the engineers in the after end of the bridge and for the crew in the fore end of the bridge.
THE HULL is built with web frames, double bottom is fitted under each hold for water ballast, and there is also a large ballast tank in the after peak. Four steam winches, donkey boiler, steam steering gear amidships, screw steering gear aft, patent windlass, schooner rig, boats on beams overhead, and all modern appliances have been fitted. The engines are of the triple-expansion type, working on three cranks, they have been supplied by the Central Marine Engine Works of Messrs Wm. Gray and Co. The cylinders are 20in., 31in., and 53in. in diameter, and the piston stroke 36in. The boilers, built of steel, are of large size, and give an ample supply of steam at a working pressure of 160lbs. per square ins.
The vessel proceeded about noon into the Hartlepool Bay, and after Mr Berry had carefully adjusted the compasses, the engines were put full speed ahead, running at about eighty revolutions per minute, the vessel making about 11½ knots per hour. Everything in the engine-room ran exceedingly well, the boilers giving an ample head of steam, and no trouble was experienced of any kind. The engine-room is fitted out with several of the specialities now so well known in connection with the Central Marine engines, the tail shaft being fitted with the patent shaft preserver, and the high pressure piston rod and spindles with Messrs Mudd and Airey's metallic packing. Mudd’s patent evaporator was also provided for supplying supplementary feed, and the engines are in every respect fully up the best practice the day. Capt. J. Murrell and Mr F. Yeoman, the managing owners, were on board to witness the trial, as was also Mr. G. T. Younghusband, their superintendent engineer, under whose supervision the vessel and her machinery have been constructed. There was also on board a party of ladies, including Mrs. Younghusband, Miss Yeoman, Miss Thistle, and others, who greatly enjoyed the fine weather trip to Middlesbrough, to which port the vessel was taken immediately on the conclusion of the trial to load her first cargo. There were also on board Mark Harrison, Mr Whyte, Mr. Brydon jun., Mr Yeoman, jun., and several other visitors. Mr. T. Mudd represented the engine builders.

Aberdeen Evening Express – 29th May, 1916
Metal Stealing Aberdeen Harbour. "AN UGLY OFFENCE." POLICE HAVE ANOTHER NAME FOR GENERAL DEALERS. " This is an ugly kind of offence," was the comment of Sheriff Young at Aberdeen to-day on the case of James Burnett, general dealer, 155 a Gallowgate, who pleaded guilty to having stolen four zinc boiler plates from the West Hartlepool steamer Haslingden. He admitted a number of previous convictions, the last in 1899.
Without Authority. Mr R. Mackay, solicitor, on behalf of accused, stated that on Saturday Burnett was carrying metal with another man when a detective came upon them, and asked where they had got it. They told the detective, who asked if they were sure the party had the right to sell it, and accused, apparently thinking that all was right, said he got four zinc plates from the same man. Police inquiries led to the discovery that the plates were given without authority. They paid the man 7s and sold the plates for 15s 6d.
Had Done His Bit. Accused served in the Army for seven years, being discharged medically unfit, and with a very good character. On the outbreak of the war joined the Royal Field Artillery, and served until discharged. Subsequently he entered the Royal Naval Reserve, and served there until again discharged. He resumed his former occupation of general dealer.
A Common Offence. Mr. T. Maclennan, procurator-fiscal, said that the man whom accused identified as the party who sold the plates denied the transaction. This form of offence was very common about harbour at the beginning of the war. The police had a different name for "general dealers”. Respectable men were induced to sell quantities scrap metal which they had no business to sell, and got into trouble. The plates were valued at £2. The Sheriff remarked that a point be considered was the fact that it was 16 years since accused had been trouble. It was ugly kind of offence, consisting in approaching men in subordinate positions in connection with vessels and obtaining possession of property, knowing full well that they had no right to part with the articles. The sentence would be 30 days’ imprisonment.

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