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Shipping Wonders of the World

Part 10

Part 10 of Shipping Wonders of the World was published on Tuesday 14th April 1936.

It included a colour plate illustrating the clipper Lightning, which accompanied an article on the Record-breaker Lightning.  

The Cover

The cover on the current part shows the sailing vessel Killoran in Spencer Dock, Belfast. The Killoran, of 1,817 gross tons, was built in 1900 and sails under the Finnish flag. She is owned by that well-known sailing ship man Gustaf Erikson. In the foreground of the picture is the bowsprit of the Herzogin Cecilie, also owned by Erikson.

The sailing vessel "Killoran" in Spencer Dock Belfast

Contents of Part 10

A Trinity of Dramatic Exploits

The concluding part to this chapter describes the salvage of the liner St Paul, which heeled over in New York harbour from a mysterious cause.

This is the third article in the series Dramas of Salvage and is concluded from part 9.

Marine Engines and Their Story - 1

An account of the early developments of power propulsion, and of the many successful experiments made in Great Britain and elsewhere between 1630 and 1820.

The article is he first in the series Marine Engines and Their Story.

The Record-Breaker Lightning

Designed and built in the USA for English owners, the Lightning was one of the most famous of the racing clippers. The Lightning was a remarkable ship. She made a homeward run from Melbourne to Liverpool of 64 days 3 hours 10 minutes in 1854. Outward bound in 1856, this clipper covered 2,188 miles in seven consecutive days. Later the Lightning made a wonderful passage to India with troops to help in quelling the Mutiny.

The article is the third in the series Speed Under Sail.

Contents of Part 10 (continued)

The Panama Canal

The great artificial shipping lane separating North and South America is an unparalleled engineering triumph. Its construction cost about £75,000,000 and changed many of the world’s important trade routes. The length of the canal is just over 50 miles. It was opened in 1914, but it was not in regular use until 1916 because of landslides. To-day the biggest ships can pass along the Canal. This chapter tells both of the present-day working and conditions of the Canal, and also of the determination and endurance which helped to build it.

This article is the third in the series on World Waterways.

Gerbault and the Firecrest

Having abandoned his profession as a civil engineer, Alain Gerbault sailed a 39 ft yacht round the world. Though several times death all but claimed this fearless adventurer, he achieved an astonishing triumph.

This chapter is the second article in the series Great Voyages in Little Ships.

Launching Ceremonies

The methods of launching a ship varying considerably and the ceremony, as this chapter shows, occasionally involves the use of astonishing innovations.

Epics of the Submarines

Stories of men who have not only had amazing escapes from death, but who have also performed feats of unforgettable gallantry. The article is is concluded in part 11.

GRACEFULLY RIDING THE SEAS. For may years the Lightning’s career, after her maiden voyage from Liverpool to Melbourne in 1854, was a record of fast passages. The Lightning had two complete decks and a poop. The ‘tween deck, designed for the transport of emigrants, was unusually spacious. She had four big state rooms, whose furnishing and comfort were then unparalleled, and accommodation for second-class passengers. For over then years the Lightning served successfully - almost without a break - on the Liverpool-Melbourne route. In 1869 she was destroyed by fire.