Route of the SS Polaris


Arun Vajpey

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SS Polaris was the ship that carried almost all the Finnish passengers who boarded the Titanic. That ship departed Hanko on the southern coast of Finland on 3rd April 1912 onto the Baltic Sea, eventually turning north to pass through the strait between Malmo and Copenhagen into the North Sea and then turned west towards Hull, where the passengers boarded a train to Southampton.

My question is, why that route? Was it to pick-up some Swedish and Danish passengers on the way or some other reason? AFAIK, the Kiel Canal was operating by then and it would have saved a lot of time taking that more southerly route direct to Southampton.
 

Dave Gittins

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The Kiel canal was being extensively rebuilt at the time. It may have been available only to German shipping anyway. It was opened to all nations by the Treaty of Versailles.
 

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