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3,500 gross 1872 at Greenock by Caird & Co. Hamburg America Line 360ft x 43ft 
 Year Departure ArrivalRemarks
 1872  Launched March 30Atlantic Journey ID 2454
 1872  Aug. 21, maiden voyage Hamburg-Havre-New YorkAtlantic Journey ID 2455
 1885       New York  Aug. 24 763 passengersTransatlantc ID
 1885  Sold to British ownersAtlantic Journey ID 2456
 1889  Sold to Italian owners, renamed "Temerario"Atlantic Journey ID 2457
 1890  Renamed "Arno"Atlantic Journey ID 2458
 1892  Operated by NGIAtlantic Journey ID 2459
 1892  May 6, Genoa-Catania-Naples-New YorkAtlantic Journey ID 2460
 1898  Converted to a coal carrierAtlantic Journey ID 2461
 1901  Coal hulk at GenoaAtlantic Journey ID 2462
 1902  Scrapped in ItalyAtlantic Journey ID 2463
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
Frisia, Hamburg America Line steamship built 1872
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Frisia,Hamburg America Line steamship
Frisia,Hamburg America Line steamship
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When launched the Frisia was rated by the Hamburg America Line as the "best and fastest" of the fleet. She was about 3,500 tons burden; with a length of 364 feet, and 43 feet breadth of beam (also given as 350ft x 40ft in some sources). She was a four-decked ship, with hull and three lower decks of iron and the upper deck laid in teak. Her engines were 750 horse-power and had 106-inch cylinders with 6 feet stroke. She was considered to be very strongly built, and had seven water-tight compartments, with all of which the pumps were connected. As a precaution against accident or damage by fire, all the apartments of the ship were traversed by steam-pipes, from any of which a strong head of steam could be obtained. She also had 10 large metallic life-boats ready for use in case of a disaster.

The original accommodations for passengers were as follows: First-class, 102; second-class, 126; steerage, 620. The steerage, winch was seven feet in height, had all the recognized improvements, including, in common with the other passenger decks, ventilating fans, propelled by a separate engine, by which a continuous current of pure air was insured from the lowest to the uppermost deck. The state-rooms were 8 by 10 feet in floor space, and were well furnished and neatly and durably ornamented. The cabins, saloons, conversation-rooms and smoking-rooms were of mahogany, with bird's-eye maple panels, the other ornamentation was gilded figure-work, and, in all convenient and desirable positions. The sitting-room on the upper deck, was designed for ladies' use in unpleasant weather was deemed a most desirable addition to the ship's conveniences. The stairways connecting the several decks had two upper openings, one on either side or the mast, thereby preventing unpleasant meetings of the upward and downward bound.

Her first passage from Hamburg to New York was made in eleven days, though the weather was almost continuously rough. Her officers and Crew on the maiden voyage consisted of Capt. E. Meier, an experienced seaman, four additional officers, four engineers and 126 men as a Crew.


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