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Steam Powered Tugboat Pietro Micca: 1895

It is the oldest italian merchant ship in existence.It is steam – powered with a triple – expansion piston engine.It flies the italian flag and is registered in Naples, No.33 in the Coastal Sector Register .

The PIETRO MICCA is the oldest italian triple-expansion steam-powered merchant ship and is in a class of her own for her state of preservation and operational performance, having been engaged in regular port activities on a par with modern tugs until 1993.It was built as a sea-going steam tugboat by Rennoldson & Son, in Southshields, Newcastle (GB) and in 1905 was registered as a steam-powered tug, Schooner Class, in the Coastal Sector Register in Naples, in whose waters she was to spend most of her days

A life fulfilled in the world of work and all that it entails: ships and seamen from distant lands with tales and legends of cargoes and the knowledge that a frayed cable could cost lives, that a tow badly aligned could cause a ship to capsize… It is memories like these which amply justify the over a century aged Pietro Micca’s honest pride.
And even today it has not been pensioned off. At the beginning of 1996 it was bought by the “Associazione Amici delle Navi a Vapore G. L. Spinelli” (the G.L. Spinelli “Friends of Steamships Association”), in order to save a part of our cultural heritage from certain demolition and make her still valid services available to the public. The Pietro Micca is always ready and waiting to put to sea again to work for her future, as historical witness of the old technology.

Technical characteristics of the steam-powered tugboat PIETRO MICCA

Year of construction: 1895
Material: Steel
Shipyard: Rennolson and Son, Southsields Newcastle, England
Masts: two
Rig: schooner
Overall length: 31,10 meters
Maximum width: 6,40 meters
Draft: 4,00 meters
Displacement: 330 tonnes
Gross tonnage:134 tonnes
Engine type: Engine registration no.: 435 – vertical triple-expansion piston engine with slide-valve distribution, built by Rennoldson and Son – Reverse thrust: by steering sector controlled by steam-powered servo-wheel
Output: 500 hp at 90 rpm
Cruising rate: 85 rpm
Boiler capacity: 25 tonnes (water)
Operational autonomy: 2400 miles

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Comments

  • John44
    John44about 2 years ago

    very well done…

  • Thank you so much for your much appreciated comment.

    – paolo1955

  • F.A. Moore
    F.A. Mooreabout 2 years ago

    What a gorgeous tug boat! I love its stack and flags, and canvas covers. So great against the backdrop, Paolo!

  • Hi Frannie how nice to hear from you, thank you so very much for the nice comment

    – paolo1955

  • Keith Reesor
    Keith Reesorabout 2 years ago

    Fantastic capture Paolo!! :)

  • Thank you Keith, this is really a good feeling for me

    – paolo1955

  • John Schneider
    John Schneiderabout 2 years ago

    Nicely done, great capture!

  • Thank you so much for your much appreciated comment

    – paolo1955

  • kalaryder
    kalaryderabout 2 years ago

    Gorgeous

  • Thank you so much for your much appreciated comment

    – paolo1955

  • Guendalyn
    Guendalynabout 2 years ago

    MAGNIFIC WORK !!!!! WOW WOW WOW !!!

  • Grazie Guen

    – paolo1955

  • kalaryder
    kalaryderalmost 2 years ago

    Tugs Challenge – Joint Winner

  • Thanks ever so much

    – paolo1955

  • phil decocco
    phil decoccoalmost 2 years ago

    paolo
    what a great shot!! The boat itsel is interesting and the flying flags a nice color touch!
    bravo!
    phil

  • Thank you so much for your much appreciated comment

    – paolo1955

  • Jane Neill-Hancock
    Jane Neill-Han...almost 2 years ago

    8-Aug-2012

  • Thanks ever so much for the feature Much appreciated, I am truly honored

    – paolo1955

  • jchanders
    jchandersover 1 year ago

    So beautiful a ship and shot. My sure fave.

  • Thank you so much for your much appreciated comment

    – paolo1955

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