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MS Gripsholm (1924)

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MS Gripsholm was an ocean liner, built in 1924 by Armstrong Whitworth in Newcastle-upon-Tyne, England, for the Swedish American Line for use in the Gothenburg-New York City run. She was of great historical importance as the first ship built for transatlantic express service as a diesel-powered motor vessel, rather than as a conventional steamship. Within forty years, however, all major passenger vessels would be diesel-powered.[1]

Hull Particulars

  • Length overall, about - 574ft 6in.
  • Breadth moulded - 74ft.
  • Depth moudled to boat deck - 76ft. 6in.
  • Load draught - 29ft.
  • Load displacement - 26,000 tons.
  • Deadweight carrying capacity - 10,000 tons.
  • Gross tonnage, about - 17,300 tons.
  • Service speed - 17 knots.

Cargo and Fuel Oil Capacities

  • Ordinary cargo space - 284,000 c.ft.
  • Insulated cargo space- 13,200 c. ft.
  • Refrigerated ship's stores - 11,000 c. ft.
  • Ordinary ship's stores - 16,000 c. ft.
  • Mail and baggage space - 10,000 c. ft.
  • Oil fuel capacity - 2450 tons.

See The Engineer 1925/11/27 for more ship details

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