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Holland-America liner Statendam built by Harland and Wolff.
1924 Launched from the East Yard of Harland and Wolff Ltd. at Belfast in September 1924.
The Statendam had an overall length of 697ft with a breadth of 81ft and a depth of 53ft 6in. Her accommodation was to be designed for about 3000 passengers and her measurement when completed was between 28,000 and 30,000 gross tons.
1927 She left Belfast in the charge of four Dutch tugs for Schiedam, Holland to be completed by Wilton's Engineering and Slipway Co of Rotterdam and Schiedam, the work anticipated to take two years. A new comapny under the title of the Mail Service Holland-America Line was formed with a registered capital of 40 million guilders to finance the completion of the vessel.