Esra (1888)

A 4811Esra was built at the Chatham (England) Naval Shipyard in 1888 and served for a period as a steam pinnace on an unspecified cruiser of the Royal Navy. Later, she was converted into a gasoline-powered excursion boat and used on inland waters.

Purchased by Rahmi M. Koç in 1988 as a wreck, she was restored in 2006-07 into a steam launch with a coal-fired boiler. ESRA is rated as a Class P2 craft, a passenger boat with no more than 12 passengers on board on voyages in smooth waters.

She was re-launched on 25 May 2007 by Mr. Koç’s granddaughter Esra, after whom the pinnace was named.


Displacement: 1.94 gross tonnes

Length: 6.25 m

Width: 1.83 m

Draft: 0.66 m

Engine: two-cylinder compound

Boiler: 200 lbs working pressure max

Power: 15 HP @ 500 rpm


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I’ve always trteaed first and second as designating alternate morphologies rather than indications of priority. That is, there are two ways to form an aorist, first x, second y. So far as I’m concerned, they would be theoretically reversible though that would cause havoc in the reference works! So I’m content to stick with the traditional designation, though recognizing that some also use weak/strong for similar purposes. I do wonder how much weak/strong communicate to students, however.


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