Imperial Russian Steam Yacht "Livadia" from Walden Models

Discussion in 'Kit Announcements' started by swiftsword, Apr 12, 2007.

  1. Dave Treby

    Dave Treby Member

    Any idea of the cost yet? Not that it matters, I want it anyway.

    (I shouldn't have said that should I?) But what a fantastic model of a great subject
  2. swiftsword

    swiftsword Member

    @Dave: No, I don't know the price yet. All I can say is that it certainly won't be the scale equivalent of the cost of the original :D

    @Gil: the Livadia had three "King-size" triple-expansion engines and developed just over 12,000 hp (together). Top speed remained undetermined. At her measured mile trials, she performed 15.864 knots, but this was with a foul bottom and with new machinery that had not been sufficiently balanced. According to the expert opinions of the day, the ship should have been capable of over 16, and perhaps as much as 17 knots.

    Either way, the speed was sufficient to meet the requirements ot the Russian Admirality. They had the right to refuse the ship if it made less than 14 knots. To be sure they wouldn't be stuck with a white elephant like this, the builders actually made a quarter scale (!) model, which they towed around a scottish loch to determine the force required to move this behemoth.


  3. Gil

    Gil Active Member

    Design Motivation..,


    I'm curious about the design motivation for this craft. It could very well be used as a stable platform for oil drilling and the like. Could it be that the designer had an "in" with the Imperial family and that someone in the family was severely sensitive to motion sickness?...,

  4. DrBill

    DrBill Member

    That was some power plant! The American Liberty Ships from WWII each had a single triple expansion steam engine developing 2500 hp for a max speed of 11 knots, which they rarely achieved in trans-Atlantic crossings. I've got to think that the extra power for the yacht was needed to get that barge-like hull through the water at anything approaching an acceptable speed.. This is a really neat oddity. Thanks for making it available.

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