On This Day

8 March

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1871 White Star’s first Baltic


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The 3,708-ton passenger ship Baltic (Yard No. 75) was launched today for the Oceanic Steam Navigation Co. Ltd., Liverpool (White Star Line). The vessel was originally laid down with the name Pacific, but the name was changed, on advice that the loss of the Collins liner of the same name in 1856 would put off passengers traveling in the new vessel.

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2014 Minnekahda


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The 17,220-ton passenger ship Minnekahda (Yard No. 446) was launched today for the Atlantic Transport Line, London.

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1905 City liner


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The 6,000-ton passenger and cargo ship City of Karachi (WC&C Yard No. 216) was launched today by Workman, Clark & Co. Ltd., from their Spencer Basin shipyard for Ellerman Lines, Ltd., Liverpool (City Line).

City of Karachi was the thirteenth liner constructed for City Line. The vessel’s dimensions were: Length, 430 feet long; Breadth of beam, 51 feet; Depth in hold, 39 feet.

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1928 Shallow-draft tanker fleet

The 2,395-ton shallow-draft tanker Tia Juana (Yard No. 833) was launched today for the Lago Shipping Company. The tanker was a one of a number of broadly similar vessels constructed for the Company’s services in Venezuelan waters.