Re: [SLOVAK-ROOTS] Re: Was it Rijeka/Fiume-Trieste-Dubrovnik-or a German port ?
- 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
> > of Malacky, Pozsony, Slovakia migrated to the USA in 1921. Their
> > was Malacky to Prague for their visas, then train to Rotterdam and
> > the SS Rotterdam to Boston, Mass., USA. The destination of Boston
> was a
> > last minute change. Apparently there was a "flu" epidemic in New
> > I have a part of the passenger manifest for that voyage. It
> > 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]