EDAM [1895]

Photograph of the ROTTERDAM ex BRITISH EMPIRE. Peabody Essex Museum, Salem, Massachusetts. Source: Michael J. Anuta, Ships of Our Ancestors (Menominee, Michigan: Ships of Our Ancestors, 1983), p. 284. To request a larger copy of this scan, click on the picture.




Ship Image & Description - "S.S. Edam"
The steamship BRITISH EMPIRE was built for British Shipowners by Harland & Wolff, Belfast (engines by G. Forrester & Co, Liverpool), and was launched on 7 March 1878. 3,329 tons; 119,56 x 11,89 meters / 392.3 x 39 feet (length x breadth); straight step, 1 funnel, 4 masts; iron construction, screw propulsion, service speed 12 knots.

Originally chartered to the American Line. 25 September 1878, maiden voyage, Liverpool-Philadelphia, for the American Line. 1 September 1880, last voyage, Philadelphia-Liverpool. 30 May 1885, 1 roundtrip voyage, Liverpool - Queenstown - New York, chartered to the Guion Line. 1886, purchased by the Nederlandsche-Amerikaansche Stoomvaart Maatschappij (Holland America Line), and renamed ROTTERDAM (the second of several vessels of that name owned by the line); accommodation for 70 passengers in 1st class, 70 in 2nd class, and 800 in steerage. 6 November 1886, first voyage, Rotterdam-New York. 8 February 1890, first voyage, Amsterdam-New York. By 29 October 1892, resumed Rotterdam-New York service. 31 August 1895, resumed Amsterdam-New York service. 1895, renamed EDAM (to make way for a new steamship named ROTTERDAM); 28 November 1895, first voyage, Amsterdam-New York, under new name. 25 February-27 May 1899, Rotterdam-New York. 1899, scrapped in Italy.


Source: Noel Reginald Pixell Bonsor, North Atlantic Seaway; An Illustrated History of the Passenger Services Linking the Old World with the New (2nd ed.; Jersey, Channel Islands: Brookside Publications), vol. 3 (1979), pp 911 and 940.


  1. Holland America Line steamship ROTTERDAM, Capt. A. Roggeveen, arrived at the Bar to New York Harbor at 11:15 A.M. on 13 November 1892, from Amsterdam 29 October (manifest, dated 14 November 1892, National Archives Microfilm Publication M237, roll 599 [= Family History Library microfilm #1027700], list #1767 for 1892).


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