Indian Coasting Vessels.

The ‘Bombay’ is one of a fleet of small steamers built and building to the order of the Government of India for service of Indian coasts. Six of these vessels are being constructed in dockyards. They are of composite construction and are built of materials produced almost exclusively in India and by Indian labour, only boiler and engines being imported. Their dimensions are 125 feet by 23 feet by 12 feet 6 inches. They are of roughly 540 tons displacement, and will have a sea speed of 9 knots. The ‘Bombay’ which is first of her class to be launched in western India had been exactly 6 months on stocks. Her sister ‘Calcutta’ was launched from Government Dockyard Kidderpore about three weeks ago.

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