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Name: BAIKAL
Type: Icebreaker Train Ferry
Launched: 29/06/1899
Completed: 1899
Builder: Sir WG Armstrong, Mitchell & Co Ltd
Yard: Low Walker
Yard Number: 647
Dimensions: 4200grt, 290.0 x 57.1 x 19.0ft
Engines: 3 x T3cyl, 3750ihp (total)
Engines by: Wigham Richardson & Co, Low Walker
Propulsion: 2 x Screws aft, 1 x Screw fwd
Construction: Steel
Reg Number: n/a
History:
1899 Trans-Siberian Railroad, Russia
1926 Broken up
Comments: Ordered 29/11/1895 at a contract price of 79,890
Built to bridge a gap in the Trans-Siberian Railroad at Lake Baikal in Siberia
Three railway tracks on deck for 25 carriages with accommodation above for passengers
1896: Erected at Low Walker then dismantled for delivering in 6900 pieces to Lake Baikal
One side of the ship was painted white, the other black & every part was stamped
The engines were allocated Wigham Richardson yard number 325
A team of engineers from the Tyne led the work of rebuilding the vessel.
29/06/1899: Launched at Lake Baikal
1918: Armed with machine guns & cannons by the Red Army
08/1918: Damaged by field artillery fire and burnt out at Mysovaya
1920: The damaged hull was towed to Baikal, water pumped out and she was laid up.
1926: Later dismantled


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