1920 ss Burgerdyk
TONN. BRT: 6,853 NRT: 4,230 DWT: 10,010
BUILT AT: C. Van der Giessen & Zonen Scheepswerven N.V., Krimpen aan de IJsel, the Netherlands
BUILT IN: 1920 YARDNO: 483
ENGINES: One set of double reduction geared Brown – Curtiss steam turbines,installed by
Harland & Wolff Limited, Belfast, Ireland
ENGINE OUTPUT: 3000 Shp. PROPS: One (fixed)
SERVICE SPD: 12 Knots. MAX. SPEED: 12.3 Knots
LENGTH.O.A: 126.8 Meters LENGTH B.P.: 121.93 Meters
BEAM OA: 16.46 Meters DEPTH: 11.16 Meters
SISTERSHIPS: Binnendijk, Blijdendijk, Breedijk, Bilderdijk, Beemsterdijk, Boschdijk,
REMARKS: Bunker capacity 1276 Tons of oil at 28 tons a day. Was the first company ship with a steam turbine plant.
Constructed of steel with two full decks as a cargoship. The keel was laid on 1 May 1919 and the hull launched on 8 October 1920.
There she goes. (a)
Towed on 28 February 1921 to Belfast for the installation of the engine plant which formed part of the British compensation payment for the loss of the Justicia. Delivered to Holland America on 19 June 1921. (b)
Commenced her maiden voyage on 25 June 1921 sailing from Rotterdam to New York. In service on the routes to the American North East Coast and Gulf ports.
In Feb. 1928 the ship had to be assisted by two tugboats when she lost her rudder during a voyage from New York and got caught in very bad weather.
In 1934 the passenger capacity is increased to seven by the conversion of crew accommodation.
On 10 February 1940 the ship is stopped in the English Channel by the German submarine U 48 while enroute from Boston to Rotterdam with a cargo of wheat. Papers were inspected and although in order the crew was given 30 minutes to evacuate the ship which was then torpedoed. The seven passengers and 44 crew were all safely picked up by the Edam (4). The ship is sunk by the submarine in position 49.45 N. 006.30 W. 15 miles South of bishop Rock in the English channel.
Photos: a,b from the internet via D.P.G. van der Horst. Other photos archive of author.
Information: Archive of author & Mr. B Reedijk son of Capt. Reedijk.