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The “Stoomvaart Maatschappij Nederland” or the “Netherlands Steamship Company” also known as just SMN, in later years they became known by a shorter name of the “Netherland Line” or de “Nederland Line” in Dutch. They were one of the major Dutch shipping companies that operated from 1870 for a full one hundred years, until 1970, when they merged with a number of other large companies to form what would become “Royal Nedlloyd”.
Above & below: The Company’s logo and house flag
They had countless fine passenger liners with
the final two of their major ships on operation being the
Above: M.S. Johan van Oldenbarnevelt (lovingly called the
Nederland” (SMN) had decided to design and build a new passenger-cargo
liner for their Dutch East Indies (today’s
On June 21, 1873, SMN ordered their new ship
to be constructed by “John Elder & Company” at their Govan yard
She was officially named
On June 6, 1874,
impression of the competed
Drawing by & © Mr. C.E.A van Boeckel
Her compound steam engines were built by her builders. The nominal power of her engines was 400 HP, having two direct acting cylinders, one being 86 inch in diameter, the other being 50 inch in diameter, each with a stroke of 3.6 ft. In addition there were also steam engines to operate the anchor winch as well as other winches including her sails.
Sadly the artist is unknown
First Class was located aft of Second Class. All senior military officers would be housed in First Class. Their saloon was beautifully gilded and had fine painted panels. This room had three large tables to accommodate all 76 first-class passengers.
It was notable for the day that every first class cabin had two washstands, this was to ensure that if there were three or four gentlemen sharing a cabin, two of them would able to freshen themselves up at the same time. There were also cabins for families that had internal doors to an adjoining cabin for their children.
It became known that the
It was on June 16, 1874, that the 371.6 ft -
113.2 m long
On the evening of the June 17,
1874, she arrived in
But not necessarily during her maiden voyage, but at sometime during her career
During her many voyages she carried many
notable people, but also one who became the most infamous personage of WW1.
This was the woman who became known as
However, they sold her on to; “
Delft Blue tiles of the
. “J.J. King & Son” 1906.
Constructed by: John
Elder & Co, on the River Clyde,
Yard number: 166.
Cost: 984,840 Dutch guilders.
Laid down: August 14, 1873.
Launched: March 19, 1874.
Maiden Voyage: June 16, 1874.
Class and type: All Iron Passenger Cargo liner.
Tonnage: 3,480 GRT 2,581 NET.
Length: 371.6 ft - 113.2 m.
Beam: 39.9 ft - 12.1 m.
Draught: 22.2 ft - 6.8 m.
Installed power: 1,600 ihp (1,200 kW) (as built).
Propulsion: 2-cylinder 50 & 86 in × 42 in (1,300 & 2,200 mm × 1,100 mm) steam engine.
From 1892: Single screw,
triple-expansion 3-cylinder steam engine by Royal Company “
Propeller: Single screw.
Sail plan: 3-masted barque.
Speed: 11.5 knots, 12 knots maximum.
Accommodations: 76 First, 32 Second and some Third Class passengers as well as space for soldiers.
Cargo space: 3,500 tons.
Out of service & sold: 1906.
Renamed: Amalia November 1906.
Fate: Demolition commenced November 28, 1906 & was completed January 1907.
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