News from 1900 The launch of Vaderland

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MAB Note: Red Star's Vaderland was placed under White Star management in August 1914, when Antwerp (Red Star's European base) was occupied, and was still in White Star service (under the name Southland) when she was torpedoed to death on 4 June 1917.

The Times, 13 July 1900

A NEW ATLANTIC LINER-The Vaderland, the first of four steamers which
are being built for the International Navigation Company for service in
the Red Star Line between Antwerp and New York, was launched yesterday
at Clydebank, Glasgow. Designed and constructed by John Brown and Co.
(Limited), the vessel is regarded as representing the most approved type
of Atlantic liner. The internal arrangements leave nothing to be desired
from the point of view of the passenger. The vessel's dimensions
are---Length between perpendiculars, 560ft.; breadth, 60ft.; depth,
42ft.; gross register, 12,000 tons. Roughly speaking, therefore, she is
of the same size as, though of greater tonnage than, the Paris and New
York, which were built on the Clyde for the some owners to run in the
service now known as the American Line. Constructed according to Lloyd's
highest classification, the hull of the Vaderland has been specially
strengthened so that her engines may be driven at maximum speed in all
kinds or weather. There are 11 watertight bulkheads so built that the
vessel could be kept afloat with any two compartments filed with water.
If she should ever be needed to act as cruiser in time of war the
disposition of her coal bunkers would give valuable protection to the
boilers. Special attention has been paid to the plan and decoration of
the public rooms for first-class passengers. The Vaderland will
accommodate 342 first-class, 194 second-class, and 626 third-class
passengers. With a ship's company estimated at 253, there is provision
on board for 1,415 persons. The engines are of the quadruple expansion
type.

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