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BANGLADESH

Historically, services in the area, on the lower Ganges and Brahmaputra Rivers were in the hands of two companies, the Rivers Steam Navigation Company and the India General Navigation & Railway Company. Mahsud and Lepcha were delivered to the former, Ostrich and Tern to the latter. From 1889, these companies worked closely together originally under the government of British India, independent Pakistan, then independent Bangladesh. Their surviving operations were nationalised by the Bangladesh government in 1972 .

TRhe so-called "Rocket" service remians paddler-operated but runs from Dhaka to Morelganj rather than to Khulna


Historical ships

Note : when the
Bangladesh Inland Water Transport Corporation took over the steamers, the fleet numbered seven, but three (Ghazi, Teal and Kiwi) were lost to fire in the mid 1990s when at port awaiting refit and planned dieselisation. 

Ghazi (Denny, 1949 - yard no 1426, for the Rivers Co, 250 ft x 30.9 ft x 9 ft - Triple expansion diagonal 41 in. 25.5 in, 16 in x 63 in, engine no 1172)
----- Destroyed by fire

Teal (Denny, 1948 - yard no 1418, for the India General Navigation Co, 200 ft x 26 ft x 8.6 ft, Triple expansion diagonal 41 in, 25.6 in, 16 in x 54 in, engine no 1164)
----- Destroyed by fire

Irani (Denny, 1948/9, yard no 1420 for the Rivers Steam Navigation Co, 200 ft x 26 ft x 8.6 ft, Triple expansion diagonal 41 in, 25.5 in, 16 in x 54 in)

Mazbi (Denny, 1948/9 - yard no 1421, for the Rivers Steam Navigation Co, 200 ft x 26 ft x 8.6 ft, Triple expansion diagonal 41 in, 25.5 in, 16 in x 54 in, engine no 1167)

Kiwi (Denny 1930, 235 ft x 38 ft x 9 ft with draught of 5.4 ft - Triple expansion diagonal 41 in, 25.5 in, 16 in x 63 in)
----- Destroyed by fire

Hazara  (Denny, 1927 - yard no 1196, for the Rivers Steam Navigation Co, 240 ft x 32 ft x 9 ft, Triple expansion diagonal 44 in, 27 in, 17 in x 66 in, engine no 944) 

Ghilzai  (Denny, 1927 - yard no 1197, for the Rivers Steam Navigation Co, 240 ft x 32 ft x 9 ft, Triple expansion diagonal 44 in, 27 in, 17 in x 66 in, engine no 945) 

Galla    (Denny, 1927 - yard no 1198, for the India General Navigation Co, 240 ft x 32 ft x 9 ft, Triple expansion diagonal 44 in, 27 in, 17 in x 66 in, engine no 946) 

Galiana   (Denny, 1927 - yard no 1199, for the India General Navigation Co, 240 ft x 32 ft x 9 ft, Triple expansion diagonal 44 in, 27 in, 17 in x 66 in, engine no 947) 



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