SS Lapland

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SS Lapland
SS Lapland
Career
Name: SS Lapland
Namesake: Lapland
Owner: Red Star Line
Operator: Red Star Line
Port of registry: Belgium Antwerp, Belgium
Builder: Harland & Wolff, Belfast
Launched: June 27, 1908
Maiden voyage: April 10, 1909
Out of service: 1933
Fate: Scrapped at Osaka, Japan, 1934
Notes: Hit mine, April 1917
General characteristics
Tonnage: 17,540 gross tons
Length: 606 ft 11 in (184.99 m)
Beam: 70 ft 2 in (21.39 m)
Propulsion: Twin screw
Sail plan: 4 masts
Speed: 17 knots
Capacity: 1,500 passengers
Notes: Twin funnel, iron hull

SS Lapland was a passenger ship built by the Harland & Wolff for the Red Star Line and launched June 27, 1908. The Lapland looked similar to her sister ships Samland, Gothland, Poland but was substantially larger.

Crossings[edit]

On April 10, 1909, the Lapland began her maiden voyage sailing from Antwerp, Belgium to Dover, England and New York City under the Belgian flag. She started her last voyage on this service on April 7, 1914 and on January 9, 1914 began sailing between Liverpool, England and New York.

In April, 1912, she was hired by the White Star Line to carry back the surviving members of Titanic's crew to England after they had been detained in the United States for investigations. The Lapland arrived in England on April 28th, 13 days after the Titanic sank.

World War I[edit]

On October 29, 1914 the Lapland began the Liverpool-New York City crossings under the British flag while under charter to Cunard Line. In April 1917 she was mined off the Mersey Bar Lightship, but managed to reach Liverpool and in June 1917 she was requisitioned and converted to a troopship. Among her first passengers in August 1917 were the aviators of the 1st Aero Squadron, the first unit of the United States Army Air Service to reach France.

Post-war[edit]

The Honeymooning actors Douglas Fairbanks and Mary Pickford on board the SS Lapland in June 1920.

On November 24, 1918 began her first voyage after the Armistice when she sailed from Liverpool for New York for the White Star Line and on August 2, 1919 started her sixth and last round voyage on this service. On September 16, 1919 she transferred to the Southampton, England - New York crossing under charter to White Star Line and made three round voyages on this route, the last starting November 27, 1919.

The Lapland was refitted to 18,565 gross tons with passenger accommodation for 389-1st, 448-2nd and 1,200-3rd class and resumed service for the Red Star Line, but under the British flag, on January 3, 1920 when she sailed from Antwerp for Southampton and New York. In April 1927 she was altered to carry cabin, tourist and 3rd class passengers and on April 29, 1932 started her last voyage between Antwerp, Southampton, Havre, New York. Between 1932-1933 she was used on London-Mediterranean cruises. In October 1933 was sold to Japanese owners and scrapped at Osaka, Japan the following year."

References[edit]

  • North Atlantic Seaway by N.R.P.Bonsor, vol.2,p. 850
  • Andr, Kint, Robert Vervoort, De Red Star Line, Antwerpens Vergane Glorie, p. 98/99
  • Orans.org: SS Lapland