On This Day

16 April

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1908 Mercian


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The 6,304-ton cargo ship Mercian (Yard No. 398) was launched today for the Wilson & Furness-Leyland Line, Liverpool.

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1870 Bohemian

The 3,113-ton iron cargo ship Bohemian (Yard No. 71) was launched today for John Bibby, Sons & Co., Liverpool.

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1881 Record Pair

The 1,390-ton cargo ship Winnebah (Yard No. 143) was launched this afternoon at high water for the African steamship Company, Liverpool. Laid down as Minnehaha, the vessel, during construction was purchased by the Company as a replacement for Yard No. 133 which had been transferred to the Asiatic Steam Navigation Company the previous year. The new vessel and her identical sister Akassa (Yard No. 144), were the first fitted with compound engines and boilers designed and built by Harland & Wolff.

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1946 Linga


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The 6,452-ton oil tanker Linga (Yard No. 1309) was launched today for the Anglo-Saxon Petroleum Co. Ltd., London (Shell).

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1957 Vitrina


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The 20,802-ton oil tanker Vitrina (Yard No. 1512) was launched today for the Anglo-Saxon Petroleum Co. Ltd. / Shell Bermuda (Overseas) Ltd. / Tanker Finance Ltd.