Baltic I

Baltic I was originally laid down and launched on the 8th March, 1871 at Harland and Wolff's Belfast Yard as the Pacific, however, because of a disaster some fifteen years earlier to a ship of the same name, the decision was taken to rename her Baltic I. Baltic I underwent her maiden voyage, on the Liverpool, Queenstown and New York run, on the 14th September.

Baltic I gained the Blue Riband for crossing the North Atlantic in a record time of 7 days, 20 hours, and 9 minutes, at an average speed of 15.09 knots.

On the 18th November, 1875, Baltic I picked up the crew from a sailing vessel, the Oriental, which had been swamped by heavy seas.

Baltic I was chartered to the Inman Line, on the 3rd April, 1883, to cover the return to the builders of the City of Rome, making a total of fourteen voyages for the line, sporting a black funnel with a white band for the term of the charter.

On the 10th March, 1885, Baltic I was once again chartered to the Inman Line. This time, the reason was to replace the City of Paris, which the Inman Line had to sell in order for the company to try to prevent the financial collapse of the line. Baltic I was on only her second voyage of the contract, when the Inman Line went into voluntary liquidation, but she continued to sail another ten more voyages on behalf of the liquidators.

In the June of 1888, Baltic I was laid up at Birkenhead, and then sold to the Holland America Line, who renamed her Veendam. Her accommodations were updated, now carrying 150 in first class, 60 in second class, and 800 in third, and Veendam made her first voyage between Rotterdam, Cherbourg and New York.

In 1890, Veendam had triple expansion  engines installed by the Nederlandsche Stoomboot Maatschappij, at Fyenoord, Rotterdam, which increased her weight to 4,036 tons.

On the 6th February, 1898, Veendam struck a wreck in the North Atlantic, and she sank, fortunately with no loss of life.


N.B. Image source HollandAmericaBlog



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