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BurdenBuiltShipowner or operator Dimensions
7,116 gross 1889 at Glasgow by J. & G. Thomson & Co. Red Star Line 437ft x 51.2ft 
 Year Departure ArrivalRemarks
 1889  Aug. 15, launched for Red Star LineAtlantic Journey ID 6901
 1889  Dec. 12, maiden voyage Antwerp - New YorkAtlantic Journey ID 6902
 1890  Antwerp     New York  Jan. 25 Transatlantc ID
 1890  Antwerp     New York  Mar. 11 Transatlantc ID
 1890  Antwerp     New York  Mar. 17 Also reported arrive 1890-03-11Transatlantc ID
 1890  Antwerp     New York  May 21 Transatlantc ID
 1890  Antwerp     New York  June 24 Transatlantc ID
 1890  Antwerp     New York  July 29 Transatlantc ID
 1890  Antwerp     New York  Sept. 02 Transatlantc ID
 1890  Antwerp     New York  Oct. 08 Transatlantc ID
 1890  Antwerp     New York  Nov. 15 Transatlantc ID
 1891  Antwerp     New York  Feb. 07 Transatlantc ID
 1891  Antwerp     New York  Mar. 11 Transatlantc ID
 1891  Antwerp     New York  Apr. 14 Transatlantc ID
 1891  Antwerp     New York  June 23 Transatlantc ID
 1891  Antwerp     New York  July 28 Transatlantc ID
 1891  Antwerp     New York  Sept. 01 Transatlantc ID
 1891  Antwerp     New York  Oct. 06 Transatlantc ID
 1891  Antwerp     New York  Dec. 17 Transatlantc ID
 1892  Antwerp     New York  Jan. 19 Transatlantc ID
 1892  Antwerp     New York  Mar. 07 Transatlantc ID
 1892  Antwerp     New York  Apr. 12 Transatlantc ID
 1892  Antwerp     New York  July 25 Transatlantc ID
 1892  Antwerp     New York  Aug. 29 Transatlantc ID
 1892  Antwerp     New York  Oct. 04 Transatlantc ID
 1903  March 25, first voyage Liverpool - Philadelphia as charter for American LineAtlantic Journey ID 6903
 1911  Renamed La Plata for Italian ownersAtlantic Journey ID 6904
 1912  ScrappedAtlantic Journey ID 6905
The information listed above is not the complete record of the ship. The information was collected from a multitude of sources, and new information will be added as it emerges
S.S. Friesland, Red Star Line steamship
The S.S. Friesland, of the Red Star Line - Photographer: unknown. Colorized by BÝrge Solem. - Source: Norway Heritage Collection - This work is licensed under CC BY-NC-ND 4.0 - Support the Norway Heritage Project: Make a donation

The Friesland was built on the Clyde, in the yard of J. & G. Thomson, who also built the City of Paris and the City of New York. The Friesland was built as a four mast vessel. The first three masts were square rigged, while the fourth, or jigger mast, was a fore-and-after. The Friesland was considered to be one of the safest vessels afloat at the time of her launching. Along the upper decks a number of large lifeboats hang in patent davits, from which they could be lowered at a moment's notice. She had a double bottom throughout and was capable of carrying water ballast to the amount of 1,000 tons. This enabled her at any time to render her draught at both ends equal. She was constructed of mild steel and her watertight bulkheads were of the best material available at the time of building. Her engines were of the triple expansion type and she was supplied with all of the latest improvements in steam appliances. She was lighted throughout by electricity. Her cabin could accommodate 200 persons. The staterooms contained every facility for comfort, and the saloon was a magnificent apartment, it resembled a large hall, and it was covered by a steel deckhouse. Windows in the sides gave the passengers a good view of the deck. The second cabin of the Friesland was a handsome apartment and was also covered by a steel deckhouse. In the between decks there were comfortable quarters for 800 immigrants. The steerage rooms were well lighted and well ventilated.

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