4,539 gross tons

1890 - 1901

(Photo courtesy of the Library of Congress, Detroit Publishing Co. photo collection.)

Captain Frederik H. Bonjer of the Spaarndam

Photo: Unofficial HAL collection.

Built to be rigged as a four-masted barque. Launched in April of 1881 as the Asiatic, but completed in August of that year as the Arabic for the White Star Line. Originally built for 180 First Class and 900 Third Class passengers. Entered service in September 1881. Later chartered to the Occidental and Oriental Steamship Co., San Francisco. Towards the end of 1888 Second Class space for 50 passengers was created. Sold to the NASM in February of 1890, renamed Spaarndam with a refit and the installation of electric light. Left Rotterdam for her first voyage to New York in March of 1890. After 1899 carried only econd and Third Class passengers. Her final voyage from Rotterdam was in February 1901. Returning from New Yorkin April 1901, the Spaarndam as sold for scrap with demolition starting in August of that year.

Previous Name(s): Asiatic, Arabic
Tonn. Brt: 4,539 Nrt: 5,263 Dwt: 5,263
Built at: Harland and Wolff, Belfast, Ireland
Built: 1881 Yard No.: 141
Engines: Two compound inverting steam engines by James J. Rollo & Co., Liverpool, England
Engine output: 2,700 Ihp. Props: One (fixed)
Service Speed: 13 knots Maximum Speed: 14 knots
Length o.a.: 130.4 meters Length Bpp: 124.7 meters
Beam o.a.: 12.85 meters Depth: 9.6 meters
Draft: NA
Pax. Cap.: 60 First, 92 Second, 893 Third Class
Crew: 95
Sister ships: Coptic, Ionic, Doric
Remarks: Bunker capacity 730 tons of coal at 66 tons a day

Ship Data from the book,
125 Years of Holland America Line
by H.A. Dalkmann and A.J. Schoonderbeek, Pentland Press 1998.


Photo collection of views on the Spaarndam from an album once belonging to Mabel G. Brown dated 1900 (her photo above).

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