Belgenland (1878)

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Career Red Star Line
Builder: Barrow Shipbuilding Co, Barrow-in-Furness
Launched: 24 December 1878
Decommissioned: 1906
Out of service: 1905
Renamed: 1904; Belgenland to Venere;
Struck: 1906
Homeport: Antwerp
Fate: scrapped 1906
General characteristics
Tonnage: 3,692 gross tons
Length: 402 ft 11 in (122.81 m)
Beam: 40 ft 2 in (12.24 m)
Propulsion: Single screw
Sail plan: Four masts
Speed: 14 knots
Capacity: 1,150 passengers
Notes: Single funnel, iron hull

The Belgenland was a passenger ship built by the Barrow Shipbuilding Company for the Red Star Line, Antwerp.

She was launched on 24 December 1878. Her maiden voyage from Antwerp to Philadelphia started on 30 March 1879. She transferred to Antwerp to New York sailings on 20 May 1879. Her last voyage on this service started 6 July 1895 and she was then chartered to the American Line.

Reclassified to carry 150-2nd and 1,000-3rd class passengers, she commenced Philadelphia to Liverpool sailings on 31 July 1895. Her last sailing on this route started 17 October 1903. Returned to the Red Star Line, she was put on the Antwerp to Philadelphia service with 3rd class passengers only.

Her last Philadelphia to Antwerp crossing started 7 December 1904 and she was then sold to Italian owners and renamed Venere., before being scrapped in 1906.


  • North Atlantic Seaway by N.R.P.Bonsor, vol.2,p. 850