On This Day

23 March

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1910 J. Bruce Ismay’s visit to Belfast


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 J. Bruce Ismay, Chairman and Managing Director of the White Star Line, in company with Lord Pirrie, inspected the progress being made on Olympic (Yard No. 400) and Titanic (Yard No. 401) today.

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1891 Emigrants leaving Belfast


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This evening a large number of emigrants left Belfast by the Liverpool steamers en route to the United States. They embarked in the White Star liner Teutonic (Yard No. 208) on the 25th.

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1909 Launch Postponed


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 The 12,124-ton passenger ship Otranto (WC&C Yard No. 278) belonging to the Orient Steam Navigation Co. Ltd., was to have been launched today from the yards of Workman, Clark & Co. Ltd; owing to a recent heavy frost, which hardened the tallow and grease used on the launching ways, it was found impossible to move the ship and the launch had to be postponed. The vessel was successfully launched on the 27th.
The vessel’s dimensions were: Length, 554 feet with a tonnage of about 12,000, and she has been specially designed and constructed for the Australian trade with accommodation for 450 1st and 850 3rd Class passengers.

She was the fourth vessel of similar size and character launched within the past five months for the Orient Line, the three previous steamers from Clyde yards. Workman, Clark at this time were building a fifth similar steamer named Orvieto (WC&C Yard No. 279). The five new vessels were being built to meet the conditions of a new contract which Orient had entered into with the Commonwealth Government of Australia for an accelerated mail service for ten years at annual operating subsidy, until 1920, of £170,000 per annum.

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1943 Samanco


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 The 8,336-ton cargo ship Samanco (Yard No. 1156) was launched today for the Pacific Steam Navigation Co. Ltd., Liverpool.

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1944 Richmond Castle


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 The 7,971-ton refrigerated cargo ship Richmond Castle (Yard no. 1178) was launched today for the Union-Castle Mail Steamship Company. (See: Advert Archive)

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1972 World Cavalier


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The 138,025-ton supertanker World Cavalier (Yard No. 1693) was floated out today for Hendle Navigation Co. Ltd. (Worldwide Shipping Co.).