Engine of the s 'Orient', c 1890.
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Photograph showing the engine built by John Elder and Co, Glasgow, for the Orient Steam Navigation Company's s 'Orient'. The Orient Steam Navigation Company was formed in 1877, and had the 'Orient' built in 1879. Constructed of iron, with two funnels, she was the largest steamer built on the Clyde at this time. She made her maiden voyage to Melbourne and Sydney in Australia and in the 1890s was modernised and fitted with triple expansion engines to give her a speed of 17 knots.