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S.S. ARKELDYK

TECHNICAL DATA

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General cargo ship

7,664

138.76 m / 455 ft.

17.0 kts

49

569,700 cu. ft.
493,000 cu. ft.
0

1945

1946-1966

1969

Interesting Facts & Figures
  • After the Second World War, HAL was allocated 12 American-built 'Victory' cargo ships (including the Arkeldyk) and two converted aircraft carriers as compensation under the Merchant Marine Reconstruction Scheme. HAL’s 14  ‘A’ class vessels were all given ‘dyk’ names starting with ‘A’.

  • The Arkeldyk (the former Whitman Victory) carried all manner of cargo. From Europe, she brought Heineken beer, tulip bulbs and Gouda cheese. On the return trip, Arkeldyk’s five holds were filled with Priairie wheat, B.C. lumber, eggs, Okanagan apples, and canned wild Pacifc salmon

  • Less typical cargo included twin (his and her) Rolls-Royce Silver Cloud automobiles (England-San Francisco)  and the 39 ft. wooden trawler ‘Geronimo’ (Los Angeles-Vancouver) brought up with the (unsuccessful) goal of capturing a baby orca whale for the Marineland oceanarium in California.

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