On This Day

20 January


1912 Lamport & Holt

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The 9,862-ton passenger ship Vauban
(WC&C Yard No. 302), a vessel described as being of ‘unique design’ and one which was of special interest to the growing South American passenger trade, was launched by Workman, Clark & Co. Ltd today for Lamport & Holt, Liverpool.

The vessel was the second ship of a specially-designed fleet which was being built for an express passenger service between Liverpool and South America. The chairman of Lamport & Holt was Lord Pirrie of Harland & Wolff, and the combined fleets of this famous Company numbered nearly fifty vessels, representing upwards of 400,000 tons.

The new vessel’s dimensions were: Length, 522 feet; Breadth of beam, 62 feet, with a speed of almost 15 knots and was expected to be the fastest vessel on the South American service.


1894 Torr Head

The 5.910-ton cargo ship Torr Head (Yard No. 274) was launched today for the Ulster Steamship Co. Ltd., Belfast.