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Arabic I

Arabic I was originally laid down as Asiatic II, but she was called Arabic I at the time she was handed over. Arabic I was built at the Belfast shipyard of Harland and Wolff in 1881, and was launched on the 30th April, 1881. She was the first White Star Line ship to have a steel hull, and was styled as the Adriatic I class, because she was intended to operate on the Occidental & Oriental Steam Ship Company's transpacific route.

Arabic I made her maiden voyage, between Liverpool and New York, on the 10th September, 1881, and she also did a further three end of season sailings before transferring to San Francisco.

On the 4th February, 1882, Arabic I began operating on the Liverpool, Suez Canal to Hong Kong route

In 1886, Arabic I made one sailing to Australia for Occidental & Oriental Steam Ship Company.

In 1887, Arabic I had 50 second class berths added, and on the 12th May, she operated on the Liverpool, Queenstown, to New York route.

Arabic I reverted to the Occidental & Oriental Steam Ship Company in 1888.

In February, 1890, Arabic I was sold to the Holland America Line, for £65,000, and renamed Spaarndam. Spaarndam made her first sailing between Rotterdam and New York on the 29th March.

Spaarndam made her final sailing on the 7th February, 1901, and in August, she was scrapped at Thomas Ward & Company's Preston depot.

 

 

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