On This Day

18 May

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1878 British Empire


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The 3,361-ton passenger and cargo ship British Empire (Yard No. 118) was launched today for British Shipowners’ Ltd., Liverpool. In August 1899 Edam (formally British Empire) was sold to Italian owners for £10,000.

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1887 Rattening at Belfast

Over 300 men were today thrown out of employment from MacIlwaine & Lewis's shipbuilding yard, at the Abercorn Basin, owing to all the principal belting in the works, to the value of £350, having been maliciously destroyed the previous night.

The belting was used to drive various machines in the works and the shipyard slang for damaging it was 'rattening'. At Belfast Police Court today an employee of the establishment, named McKeown, who was discharged yesterday, was remanded in custody on a charge of destroying the belting. This was the only yard in the town where the wages were paid weekly. McKeown was sentenced to nine months imprisonment at hard labour.

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1889 Dunmore Head


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 The 2,229-ton steel cargo and passenger ship Dunmore Head (WC&C Yard No. 63) was launched today by Workman, Clark & Co. Ltd. from their Spenser Basin shipyard for the Ulster Steamship Co. Ltd. (managers: G. Heyn & Sons, Ulster Chambers, Belfast). This was the second steamer built for the Company’s Baltic and general trades, the first, Teelin Head (Yard No. 14), was built and launched in 1883.

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1901 Ryndam


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The 12,302-ton passenger ship Ryndam (Yard No. 336) was launched from Slipway No. 4 at the south end of Queen's Island today for the Holland-America Line.

The attatched image shows the vessel in US service as Rijndam.

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1893 Union liner Greek


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The 4,744-ton steel passenger ship Greek (Yard No. 268) was launched today for the Union Steamship Co.

Built for the South African trade Greek, along with her older and identical sisters Gaul (Yard No. 261) and Goth (Yard No. 263), represented a new departure in the policy of the Union Line; specially designed with a light draft allowing them to cross the bars at East London (Cape of Good Hope) and Durban (Natal) landing their passengers and cargo direct on to the wharves. Each was fitted with accommodation for 1st, 2nd and 3rd Class passengers on the upper deck, electric light, refrigerators and cold chambers for the carriage of fruit. Twin screws cast in manganese bronze, driven by two sets of triple expansion engines developed an indicated horse-power of 2,000.

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1915 HMS Terror


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The 8,022-ton monitor HMS Terror (Yard 485) was launched today for the Admiralty. The vessel was originally laid down with the name HMS M36.

 

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1954 HMS Laleston


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The 360-ton ‘Ton’ class minesweeper HMS Laleston (Yard No. 1519) was launched today for the Admiralty.