"Habana" was the ex-"Ernst Moritz Arndt". This ship was built by T.B.Oswald & Co, Sunderland in 1872 for the German company, Baltischer Lloyd. She was a 2,597 gross ton ship, length 317ft x beam 38ft, one funnel, two masts, iron construction, single screw and a speed of 12 knots. Launched on 22/8/1872 as the "Ernst Moritz Arndt", she sailed from London on her maiden voyage to Havre and New York on 27/2/1873. She made 6 transatlantic voyages, the last starting on 28/5/1874 when she left Stettin for Antwerp and New York. In 1879 she was sold to Lopez of Spain and renamed "Habana". In 1881 she went to Cia.Trasatlantica Espanola. I don't know her history between 1879 and 1886, but from 1886-96, the company ran a feeder service between Havana and New York and the "Habana" was, at various times employed on that route. She was scrapped in 1900.
Wednesday, March 3, 2010
SS Ernst Moritz Arndt
Ships of Our Ancestors by Michael J. Anuta
Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc.; Baltimore, Maryland, 1993; Page 118
[North Atlantic Seaway by N.R.P.Bonsor, vol.2,p.774/ vol.3, p.1245-6] [http://www.theshipslist.com/ships/descriptions/ShipsH.html]