On This Day

15 July


1874 Germanic

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The 5,008-ton passenger ship Germanic (Yard No. 85) was launched shortly before noon today for the Oceanic Steam Navigation Co. (White Star Line). The launch was witnessed by a large number of spectators, the quays on both sides of the Victoria Channel being densely crowded with many on a number of vessels lying in the river to obtain a view. The launch went without a hitch and shortly after she left the ways she was towed to her berth in the Abercorn Basin. During the afternoon a large number of people visited the quays to get a look at the new vessel.