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Re: [SLOVAK-ROOTS] Re: Was it Rijeka/Fiume-Trieste-Dubrovnik-or a German port ?

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  • Fred Corbett
    Thank you Frank for the insight into the SS Rotterdam. My wife Terry, the Slovak, appreciates it. Fred
    Message 1 of 1 , Jan 9, 2001
      Thank you Frank for the insight into the SS Rotterdam. My wife Terry, the
      Slovak, appreciates it.


      Frank Kurchina wrote:

      > --- In SLOVAK-ROOTS@egroups.com, Fred Corbett <fhcorbett@e...> wrote:
      > > My deceaased father in law and mother in law, August Kral and Pavla
      > Smida
      > > of Malacky, Pozsony, Slovakia migrated to the USA in 1921. Their
      > route
      > > was Malacky to Prague for their visas, then train to Rotterdam and
      > then
      > > the SS Rotterdam to Boston, Mass., USA. The destination of Boston
      > was a
      > > last minute change. Apparently there was a "flu" epidemic in New
      > York.
      > > I have a part of the passenger manifest for that voyage. It
      > identifies
      > > passengers as , - Slovenian, Slovakia, Hungarian, Bohemian.
      > >
      > > Frank Kurchina wrote:
      > >
      > > Wrote that Slovaks would not have traveled to Dubrovnik, Croatia
      > > to emigrate to North America because this port was located 450
      > > miles distant from Slovakia and entailed a long sea voyage.
      > The new country of Czechoslovakia was created in 1920.
      > In 1920 the Austro-Hungarian Monarchy no longer existed.
      > And Hungary had lost two-thirds of its former territory to other
      > nations, like Czechoslovakia and Yugoslavia.
      > Pozsony was the Hungarian name for Bratislava, Slovakia.
      > Malacky is located 20 miles from Bratislava.
      > It is 200 miles from Malacky to Praha (Prag)
      > Rotterdam is located 450 miles from Praha as the sokol flies.
      > [This era's influenza epidemic had killed 25 million people worldwide.
      > In one year, 1 million people died just in the U.S.
      > In comparison, during 4 years of fighting in WW I , 9 million men had
      > been killed on all sides]
      > ROTTERDAM (3)
      > This "Rotterdam" was the fourth of five vessels with this name owned
      > by the Holland America Line. She was built in 1908 by Harland &
      > Wolff, Belfast and was a 24,149 gross ton ship, length 650.5ft x beam
      > 77.4ft, two funnels, two masts, twin screw and a speed of 16 knots.
      > There was passenger accommodation for 530-1st, 555-2nd and 2,124-3rd
      > class. Launched on 3/3/1908, she sailed from Rotterdam on her maiden
      > voyage to New York on 13/6/1908.
      > She commenced her last voyage on this service on 23/2/1916 and was
      > then laid up at Rotterdam (although Holland was a neutral country
      > during the Great War, several Dutch ships had been damaged by mines).
      > She resumed service between Rotterdam, Brest and New York on 24/1/1919
      > and in 1920 was converted to oil fuel.
      > In April 1926 her accommodation was altered to carry 1st, 2nd,
      > tourist, and 3rd class passengers; in Jan 1930, 1st, tourist and 3rd
      > class; in June 1936, cabin, tourist and 3rd; and in May 1937, cabin
      > and tourist class.
      > On 21/11/1939 she sailed from Rotterdam on her final voyage to New
      > York (dep 7/12/1939) and Rotterdam (arr 28/12/1939) and in Jan 1940
      > was scrapped at Hendrik Ido, Ambacht.
      > [North Atlantic Seaway by N.R.P.Bonsor, vol.3,p.913] [Posted to The
      > ShipsList by Ted Finch - 9 January 1998]
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