On This Day

7 May

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1898 Statendam - a new class of emigrant ship


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The 10,319-ton steel passenger and cargo ship Statendam (Yard No. 320) was launched today for the Holland-America Line.

The twin-screw vessel was intended for the Company’s service between Rotterdam and New York Besides being a very large cargo carrier, she had accommodation for a considerable number of emigrant passengers, for whose comfort and convenience the most modern improvements, such as a complete installation of electric lighting and refrigerated provision chambers were introduced ‘and every facility has also been provided for the rapid loading and discharging of cargo.’ Mr de Moostor and Mr Edixlhovon were present at the launch on behalf of the Dutch owners.

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1970 Bulk Eagle


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The 17,180-ton bulk carrier Bulk Eagle (Yard No. 1679) was launched today for Kriship Shipping Co.