On This Day

17 January

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1873 Belgic


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The 2,651-ton passenger and cargo ship Belgic
(Yard No. 81) was launched today for the Oceanic Steam Navigation Co. Ltd., Liverpool (White Star Line).

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1885 Santiago

The 1,017-ton steel sailing ship Santiago (Yard No. 176) was launched today at high water for Ismay, Imrie & Co. Ltd. (North Western Shipping Co. Ltd., the sailing ship division of the White Star Line).

Santiago was a sister ship of Callao (Yard No. 175) who at the time, having just had her sail and cargo handling machinery fitted, was being got ready to leave Belfast.

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1918 500th Yard number


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The 7,764-ton seaplane carrier HMS Vindictive
(Yard No. 500) was launched today for the Admiralty. The vessel was ordered in April 1916 and originally laid down as a cruiser, for the Royal Navy, with the name HMS Cavendish, but the demands of war and advances in aircraft design resulted in the vessel being redesigned as a carrier.

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1942 Tanker ship


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The 8,192-ton ‘Ocean’ type tanker Empire Chapman (Yard No. 1080) was launched today for the Ministry of Shipping (managed and operated by Sir R. Ropner & Co.).

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1946 Santander


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The 6,612-ton cargo ship Santander (Yard No. 1192) was launched today for the Pacific Steam Navigation Co.