SS Ollanta - Peru

SS Ollanta - Peru
SS Ollanta, built in England in 1931, is a steamship on Lake Titicaca in Peru.
SS Ollanta History
The Peruvian Corporation, a UK-owned company, had controlled Peru's railways and lake shipping since 1890. Traffic had outstripped the capacity of the Corporation's hitherto largest lake steamer SS Inca (1,809 tons), the smaller SS Coya (546 tons) and ageing Yavari and Yapura. Accordingly, in 1929 the Corporation ordered the Ollanta to work along with the Inca.
Earle's Shipbuilding of Kingston upon Hull on the Humber in England built Ollanta as a "knock down" ship, that is, they assembled her in their shipyard with bolts and nuts, marked each part with a number and then disassembled her into many hundreds of pieces and then sent her to Peru in kit form. The pieces were shipped by sea from King George Dock in Hull to Mollendo on the Pacific Ocean coast of Peru. They were then delivered by rail to Puno on Lake Titicaca, where Ollanta was finally riveted together and launched.
Earle's put the engineer William Smale in charge of reassembling and launching Ollanta. At 2,200 tons and 260 feet (79 m) long, Ollanta was larger than any previous ship on Lake Titicaca. Titicaca therefore had no slipway big enough to build her, so one of Smale's first tasks was to have one built.
A major ship had not been launched on Lake Titicaca since the Inca 25 years earlier in 1905, so there were no local suitably-equipped workshops or skilled craftsmen for Smale to recruit. Smale therefore made the best of local labour and improvised machine tools from railway equipment. Earle's sent a skilled team from England to help launch the ship but Smale got Ollanta completed before the team arrived, so Smale launched the ship using his unaided local workmen.
Ollanta had capacity for 950 tons of freight, 66 first class passengers on the upper deck of her deckhouse and 20 second class passengers in the forward part of the ship. Her four oil-fired steam engines gave her a top speed of 14.5 knots (26.9 km/h). She was the Peruvian Corporation's most luxurious steamer on the lake and the culmination of nearly 70 years' development of Titicaca steamers since the building of Yavari started in 1862.
In 1975 the Peruvian Corporation was nationalized and Ollanta's ownership passed to the state railway company ENAFER. She now belongs to ENAFER's successor PeruRail which has refurbished her to carry a total of 70 passengers. Ollanta is no longer in scheduled service but PeruRail leases her to be chartered for tourist cruises.
SS Ollanta History
SS Ollanta Name: SS Ollanta
SS Ollanta Owner:
The Peruvian Corporation (1930–75),
ENAFER (1975–1990s),
PeruRail (1990s–present)
SS Ollanta Port of registry: PunoPeru 
SS Ollanta Route: Formerly across Lake Titicaca
SS Ollanta Ordered: 1929
SS Ollanta Builder: Earle's Shipbuilding, Hull, England
SS Ollanta Yard number: 679
SS Ollanta Launched: 1931
SS Ollanta In service: 1931
SS Ollanta Status: In charter service
SS Ollanta General Characteristics
SS Ollanta Type: Passenger and cargo ferry
SS Ollanta Tonnage: 2,200 tons
SS Ollanta Length: 260 ft (79 m)
SS Ollanta Beam: 35.6 ft (10.9 m)
SS Ollanta Installed power: Four oil-fired steam engines
SS Ollanta Propulsion: Screw
SS Ollanta Speed: 14.5 knots (26.9 km/h)
SS Ollanta Capacity: Currently 70 passengers; formerly 66 1st class passengers, 20 2nd class passengers & 950 tons freight

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