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together with horses, ammunition, and stores, was transported to Upper Burma in eighteen days without accident or loss. In recognition of this service a letter of thanks was addressed to the Company by the Government of India, and the Companionship of the Order of the Indian Empire was conferred upon Mr. G. J. Swann, then general manager at Glasgow, and upon Mr. F. C. Kennedy, manager at Rangoon.
To-day the Company maintain a service of fast mail and cargo steamers three times
carried on by means of stern-wheelers, whose immersion is limited to 3 feet and sometimes to 2\ feet in the low-water season from October to May, and by paddle-steamers for the remainder of the year. From Rangoon to Bassein, and vice versa, there are three sailings a week, the distance of 248 miles being covered in thirty hours. On sections of the main routes intermediate vessels ply daily. Between Moulmein and other places in the basin of the Salween there is a frequent service of launches.
The vessels owned by the Company are specially designed for their work, and, in the majority of instances, have been built in the yards of Messrs. William Denny e Brothers, on the Clyde. The dimensions of the largest are 326 feet by 46 feet by
11 feet. All are equipped with searchlights to permit of navigation at night. The cabins are roomy and well furnished. They are lighted by electricity and are fitted with fans. The express steamer Japan was especially appointed for the reception of
SCENES FROM THE RAILWAY LINE.
a week, each way, between Rangoon and Mandalay, and twice a week between Mandalay and Bhamo. The express steamers occupy seven days in going up to Mandalay against the current, and live days in returning. The round trip from Mandalay to Bhamo is accomplished in a week. The cargo boats, which also carry passengers, take two or three days longer to perform the journey. The service on the Chindwin to Kendat and Homalin, 421 miles above Pakokku, is
Considerable expense is incurred by the Company in keeping the channels clear for navigation by means of groynes and sunken disused vessels so as to ensure a free passage for their steamers during the low-water season. Very extensive operations have to be carried on, also, in buoying the channels. The Companyas pilot launches patrol the river, shifting the buoys as the channels alter, and supplying information to the commanders of the steamers.
T.R.H. the Prince and Princess of Wales during their tour in Burma in 1906.
The Company have four dockyardsatwo at Rangoon, and one each at Moulmein and Mandalay. The chief of these is situated on the opposite bank of the river to Rangoon, and is known as the Dalla dockyard. It is capable of taking the largest vessels of the fleet on the slipways for repairs, and a very considerable amount of general engineering work is executed here for the GovernmentThe Company have four dockyardsa two at Rangoon, and one each at Moulmein and Mandalay. The chief of these is situated on the opposite bank of the river to Rangoon, and is known as the Dalla dockyard. It is capable of taking the largest vessels of the fleet on the slipways for repairs, and a very considerable amount of general engineering work is executed here for the Government