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The Manhattan at sea, from a photo postcard (Ian Newson)

S.S. Manhattan

Builder: Harland & Wolff, Belfast
Launched September 13, 1898; delivered December 31, 1898; scrapped 1927
Hull: length 490' 6"; beam 56' 3"; 8,004 tons
Power: twin screws; triple expansion engines by Fawcett, Preston & Co. of Liverpool, with cylinders of 19", 31", and 52" diameter, stroke 48"; 478 n.h.p.; steam pressure 165 p.s.i.
Registered in Belfast; official number 108630

 

This freighter was built at a cost of about $534,000 (£110,000). She was built at a time when Harland & Wolff were working at slightly more than full capacity and as a result she was one of three steamers for which the company built only the hull and subcontracted its machinery. She evidently served the subsidiary National Line and was chartered to the Phoenix Line from 1911 to 1914. The Manhattan was transferred back to the Atlantic Transport Line when the National Line was finally closed down later in that same year.

She rescued the crew of the westbound Mallory Line steamer Denver on March 23, 1915. Several steamers responded to a wireless distress call from the sinking steamer despite heavy seas and Denver was found in the dark almost simultaneously by the Manhattan and the St. Louis. Under the command of Captain F. W. Lazell, the Manhattan, picked up the crewmen after they had lowered three boats as soon as these ships came in sight.

The Manhattan was eventually scrapped in Italy in 1927.

Sources: The Atlantic Transport Line, 1881-1931; The Ships List; Passenger Ships of the World Past and Present, Eugene W. Smith, Massachusetts, 1977; Merchant Fleets in Profile 2; the Ships of the Cunard, American, Red Star, Inman, Leyland, Dominion, Atlantic Transport and White Star Lines, Duncan Haws, 1979; The New York Times, March 24, 1915

Manhattan in her National Line days (Kinghorn)
The Manhattan in her National Line days (Kinghorn)

The Manhattan at sea, from a photo postcard (Ian Newson)
The Manhattan at sea, from a photo postcard (Ian Newson)

A hand-made souvenir of the Manhattan dated August 30, 1917 (Kinghorn)
A 20-page hand-made souvenir of the Manhattan dated August 30, 1917 (Kinghorn)
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Manhattan photographed at Bahia Blanca in June of 1925 (Ian Newson)
The Manhattan photographed at Bahia Blanca in June 1925 (Ian Newson)

Manhattan passing under the Quebec Bridge, which crosses the lower
Manhattan passing under the Quebec Bridge, which crosses the lower Saint Lawrence River to the west of Quebec City (Ian Newson)

Manhattan in a cyclone, January 1925 (Ian Newson)
The Manhattan sailing in a cyclone, January 1925 (Ian Newson)

The Manhattan in the colors of an as yet unidentified line (Ian Newson)
The Manhattan in the colors of an as yet unidentified line (Ian Newson)

 

 

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Kinghorn "The Atlantic Transport Line 1881 - 1931" McFarland, 2011

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