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

"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.
[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]

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  1. Regarding SS Habana:
    She also was trading between Spain and Phillipines until 1892. She was troop transport in Spanish-American War in 1898 carrying soldiers to Canary Islands.

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