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SS Finland - History and Ephemera Collection

Ephemera for the SS Finland are available at the GG Archives, including Passenger Lists, Menus, Brochures, Event Programs, and more.

Passenger Manifest, Red Star Line SS Finland, 1906, Antwerp to New York

1906-05-12 SS Finland Passenger List

  • Steamship Line: Red Star Line
  • Class of Passengers: First and Second Cabin
  • Date of Departure: 12 May 1906
  • Route: Antwerp to New York via Dover
  • Commander: Captain G. C. Apfeld


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Another American Built Steamship for the Red Star Line

The new twin-screw steamship Finland of the Red Star Line, built at the yards of the William Cramp & Sons Ship and Engine Building Co. in Philadelphia, arrived in New York City Saturday, Sept. 27, 1902.

She will be put into the New York -Antwerp service of the Red Star Line immediately, sailing from New York Saturday, Oct. 4, at 10 A.M. The SS Finland is the last of the quartette of new twin-screw steamships which the International Navigation Company has built for the New York-Antwerp service of the Red Star Line.

She and the Kroonland, recently added to the service, are the largest ships built in the United States. The Finland is built on the same plan as the Vaderland. Still, in the matter of appointments and various conveniences, it is even an improvement over the latter.

The Finland is 580 feet long, 26 feet longer than St. Louis and St. Paul, and has a register of 12,760 tons, or 1,150 tons more than St. Louis and St. Paul. She possesses every device for the safety and comfort of passengers.

She carries the largest improved appliances for the protection of life. Except for the one point of speed, the Finland is equal to the finest steamships afloat. It will enable persons of moderate means to enjoy all the luxuries of the fastest ocean greyhounds.

There are berths for 343 first-class passengers, 194 second-class, and about 1,000 third-class. The arrangement for loading and discharging cargo are complete.

The engines are of quadruple expansion, direct acting, and surface condensing types. The four cylinders each work a separate crank. They are so arranged as to produce a minimum of vibration, the parts being so disposed to be practically balanced without using counterweights on crank arms.

The ship has eight single-ended boilers, constructed of steel and adapted for a working pressure of 200 pounds per square inch, with four furnaces to each boiler, making thirty-two in all.

These boilers are in two compartments, leading into two funnels, which are 98 feet high from the grate level and elliptical in plan, 13 feet 6 inches by 8 feet 6 inches. The eight fans are 7 feet 6 inches in diameter and are installed directly under the funnels.

If the vessel were needed for service in the time of war, the disposition of the bunkers would give coal protection to the boilers. At the same time, safety from breakdowns is assured by adopting twin screws fitted with enclosed shafts and brought close together by adopting a small aperture in the stern frame.

The Finland will be commanded by Capt. F. Albrecht, who was in command of the Vaderland, the first of the Red Star Line's new twin-screw steamships.

"Another American-Built Steamship for the Red Star Line," in Army and Navy Journal: Gazette of the Regular and Volunteer Forces, New York, Vol. XL, No. 5, Whole No. 2041, 4 October 1902, p. 121.

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