Years In Service:
General cargo ship
138.76 m / 455 ft.
569,700 cu. ft.
493,000 cu. ft.
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 Prairie wheat, B.C. lumber, eggs, Okanagan apples, and canned wild Pacific 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.