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The “N C Monberg”

A North Sea Single-Screw Coal Carrier


THE ship shown in the drawing below is the N C Monberg. She was built at Copenhagen by Burmeister and Wain in 1928 for the Danish Coal Company of Copehagen, a concern which regularly brings cargoes of coal to that port. The company has a fleet of four vessels of which the N C Monberg is the largest.

The N C Monberg

She has her machinery aft and is of what is known as raised quarter-deck type. She has a length of 275 ft. 9 in., a beam of 41 ft. 4 in., and a depth of 19 feet. Propulsion is by a triple-expansion steam engine, with cylinders having diameters of 20½ in., 33 in. and 54 in., and a common stroke of 36 in.

Her gross tonnage is 2,301 and the vessel has a grain capacity of 159,000 cubic feet in her two holds. Her draught in fully-loaded conditions is 19 ft. 6 in. and her deadweight tonnage is 3,400.

Noteworthy features are the large hatches, the dimensions of which are shown in the drawing. The bridge is narrow in the fore-and-aft direction. By her derricks and winches she is capable of handling a cargo herself should this be necessary, although the usual practice in such craft is for uploading to be done by grab cranes on shore.

There is a short forecastle in which the crew are berthed, and this is followed by a forward well with two hatches, the aftermost of which is no less than 26 feet wide. These hatches serve No. 1 Hold. The mast, with its winches, is approximately at mid-length of the hold. Abaft this are the bridge structure and the forward end of the raised quarter-deck, and then the deck is clear, with two further hatches 26 feet wide, to the forward end of the engine casing, with its tall funnel.

Engineer officers are berthed on the port side in the ‘tween decks at the after end and navigating officers on the starboard side. Although the N C Monberg is not a particularly attractive-looking vessel, she is utilitarian, and is typical of many ships operating in the North Sea trades.

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