Monday, December 24, 2007

City of Berlin

The CITY OF BERLIN was a 5,491 gross ton ship, length 488.6ft x beam 44.2ft, clipper stem, one funnel, three masts (rigged for sail), iron construction, single screw and a service speed of 15 knots.

There was accommodation for 170-1st, 100-2nd and 1,500-3rd class passengers.

Her maiden voyage started on 29th Apr.1875 when she sailed from Liverpool for Queenstown (Cobh) and New York.

She made several record passages, her best being 7days 15hrs 28mins between Sandy Hook and Queenstown at an average speed of 15.37 knots. In 1879 she was fitted with the first interior electric light on the North Atlantic, with four lamps in the cabin class saloon and two in steerage. Re-engined with triple-expansion engines in 1887 and the accommodation rebuilt with electric light throughout.

Was damaged by fire at San Francisco in Jan.1906 and was scrapped in 1921.[North Atlantic Seaway by N.R.P.Bonsor, vol.1,p.243]

It seems this is the ship Gustaf Belin first came to America on in 1892. He must have sailed to the Port of Hull in Liverpool from Sweden, then on to NY.


Biddie said...

Fascinating research there, Michael-Ann!! Have you sent this info to your father yet??

If I don't get a chance to talk to you, here's wishing you a Merry Christmas and a fine, healthy and creative New Year!!

Love, Mom

Michael-Ann said...

No, have not yet talked to Pop about this, although i think he comes here to the blog periodically, he'll see it soon... I've been meaning to ask about the text he posted in the blog he deleted about his grandfather, Gustaf Emile Belin and the Swedish weight lifter information, along with that poem. I wish i had copied it before it got zapped.

We will be calling you tomorrow :) Hope everything is not to hectic for you right now with the holidaze.

Love, Me

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