On This Day

23 September

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1937 Capetown Castle


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The passenger ship Capetown Castle (Yard No. 986) was launched today for the Union-Castle Mail Steamship Co. by Mrs J. D. Low, wife of the Mayor of Cape Town. At 27,002-ton the vessel was largest launched in the United Kingdom since the Cunard White Star liner Queen Mary in 1934.

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1984 Scottish Star


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The refrigerated cargo ship Scottish Star (Yard No. 1,722) was launched today for Lombard North Central.
The 10,291-ton vessel was managed and operated by Blue Star Line Ltd. 

In 2011 at the end of her service life she was deliberately beached and broken up at Alang Ship Recycling Yard, India.
Watch video of beaching

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1984 English Star


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The identical refrigerated cargo ship English Star (Yard No. 1,721) was launched on the same day for Lombard North Central. The 10,291-ton vessel was managed and operated by Blue Star Line Ltd.

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1964 British Vine


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The 13,408-ton oil tanker British Vine (Yard No. 1,601) was launched today for the BP Tanker Co.

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1960 Arlanza


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The 20,362-ton passenger/cargo ship Arlanza (Yard No. 1,596) was delivered today to Royal Mail Lines Ltd.

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1930 Reina del Pacifico


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The passenger ship Reina del Pacifico (Yard No. 852) was launched today for the Pacific Steam Navigation Co. The 17,707-ton vessel, her name meaning Queen of the Pacific, was PSNC’s largest vessel built to date.

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1915 HMS Earl of Peterborough


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The 5,920-ton monitor HMS Earl of Peterborough (Yard No. 480) was delivered today to the Admiralty.

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1893 Cevic


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The livestock carrier Cevic (Yard No. 270) was launched today for the Oceanic Steam Navigation Co. Ltd (White Star Line). The 8,301-ton vessel was the third largest vessel in terms of tonnage in the fleet to have been constructed by Harland & Wolff and the largest cargo vessel in the world. She was considered, at the time, to be the very last word in first-class cargo carriers, with a total capacity in her holds of 14,089 tons; accommodation for 800 head of cattle on the upper and bridge decks and in addition had permanent stalls for twenty horses in the centre of the upper deck. The vessel’s name signified her relationship to Nomadic (Yard No. 236), Tauric (Yard No. 237) and Bovic (Yard No. 252).