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British Industrial History

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Built by Harland and Wolff in 1914 and initially served as a freighter and World War I troopship for the White Star Line under the name SS Belgic. She was originally intended to be the world's largest liner, named Cevic, but during construction, she was modified and renamed Belgic. She remained in her troopship guise until April 1921, and in March 1922 she was towed to Belfast, where work on her reconstruction began in earnest.

She was given to the Red Star Line and renamed Belgenland. She was the second Red Star ship to be given this name. She was given a superstructure four decks in height and a third funnnel. Her tonnage was increased to over 27,000 gross tons, making her Red Star’s largest and most luxurious ship.

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