The steamship NEDERLAND was built for the International Navigation Company of Philadelphia (better known from its houseflag as the Red Star Line) by Palmers Shipbuilding & Iron Co, Jarrow-on-Tyne, and was launched on 23 June 1873. 2,839 tons; 100,33 x 11,76 meters/329.2 x 38.6 ft (length x breadth); straight stem, 1 funnel, 2 masts; iron construction, screw propulsion, compound engines, service speed 13 knots; accommodation for 70 s in 1st class and 800 in steerage.

The NEDERLAND was registered to the Red Star Line's Belgian subsidiary, the Sociètè Anonyme de Navigation Belge-Amerèricaine.

  • November 1873, maiden voyage, Antwerp-Philadelphia.
  • 31 May 1877, first voyage, Antwerp-New York.
  • 1877-1896, Antwerp-New York or Philadelphia. Approximately 1895, accommodation altered to steerage only.
  • 26 November 1896, last voyage Antwerp-New York; subsequently Antwerp-Philadelphia, except for 11 April 1905, last voyage, Antwerp-New York.
  • May 1906, scrapped in Italy.

Source: Noel Reginald Pixell Bonsor, North Atlantic Seaway; An Illustrated History of the Services Linking the Old World with the New (2nd ed.; Jersey, Channel Islands: Brookside Publications), vol. 2 (1978), p. 850.