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Commissioned by Peninsular and Oriental Steam Navigation Co.
1923 "To-day (Friday) there sails from Tilbury on her maiden voyage to Bombay the SS. Mooltan, the largest liner of the Peninsular and Oriental Steam Navigation Co. This is the third steamer owned by the company to bear the name. The first Mooltan was built in 1860 and had a Customs measurement of 2257 tons and engines of 400 horse-power; while the second was a passenger liner of 10,000 tons register, built by Caird and Co of Greenock, with engines of 12,000 indicated horse-power and a length of 540ft. The new Mooltan (1923) was built by Harland and Wolff of Belfast, and is 625ft in length, 73ft in breadth and 44ft in depth. Her gross tonnage is about 20,800 tons, and her twin-screw quadruple-expansion engines have been designed to develop about 15,500 indicated horse-power, corresponding to a mean service speed of about 16 knots. She is noteworthy as being the largest passenger liner built for the Suez Canal service, and among her many electrical appliances is a 20in. searchlight of the Parsons split mirror type, an arrangement which permits of both banks of the canal being illuminated by the one searchlight."