Originally designed by John Nash in the 19th century to link Regent’s Park in the north to the Prince Regent’s residence in St. James’s, Regent St. is divided into two parts. Upper Regent St. between Oxford Circus and Piccadilly Circus, is known for its elegant shopping; Lower Regent St. running south from Piccadilly Circus, terminates at Waterloo Place, where a column topped with the Grand Old Duke of York overlooks St. James’s Park.


The cylinders measured 43.18 cm, 71.12 cm and 116.84 cm with a 76.2-cm stroke (17 in. 28 in. and 46 in. with a 30-in. stroke). She had one iron deck and web frames, four bulkheads and a 31. 39-m quarterdeck, a 2.74-m bridge deck and 7.62-m forecastle. The Somali (Official No.161938) was a steel-hulled 6890-ton British steam cargo ship measuring 139.9 m in length, with an 18.59-m beam and a 9.14-m draught. Harland and Wolff Ltd at Govan, Glasgow built and completed her as Yard No.898 on 18 December 1930; she was launched on 9 October 1930 for Peninsular and Orient Steam Navigation Co. (P & O), Glasgow (London). The single screw was powered by a 1384-nhp four-cylinder quadruple expansion steam engine fitted with low pressure/exhaust turbines, with D.R. gearing and hydraulic cooling to a pressure of 230 psi that used five single-ended boilers and gave 15 knots. The cylinders measured 77.47 cm, 111.26 cm, 161.29 cm and 231.14 cm with a 152.4-cm stroke (30. 5 in. 44 in. 63.5 in. and 91 in. with a 60-in. stroke). J. G. Kinaird and Co.

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