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, THE SHINANO MARU.

The appearance in this port lor the first time of the new Japanese steamer Shinano Maru is being anticipated with considerable interest in shipping circles, and visitors to the south wharf to-morrow will have an opportunity of viewing this imposing vessel. The Shinano Maru, which is considerably larger than anv other steamer of His Japanese fleet yet seen in Australian waters, takes the place of the Futami Maru, which was wrecked some time since on Mindoro Island. She has a gross measurement of 6,084 tons, and a net register of 3,813 tons, her dimensions being? Length, '445ft. sin.; beam, inn. filn.; and depth, 311ft. 4in. She was built liv Messrs. D. and Vi. Henderson and Co., of Glasgow, in April of this year, and only recently arrived in Japan from the builders' yards. The Shinano Maru is classed 111;) Al at Lloyd's, and her equipment throughout is most modern. She has extensive passenger ac- comidation, and the main saloon is spoken of as a "really charming" apartment. Electric light is fitted throughout. The vessel has two sets of engines, on the triple-expansion principle, each having cylinders', of 30in., 33lin.. and .-iliin., with a stroke of 48 in, and her speed is equal to about 151/2 knots per hour.

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