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    The ship in the background right on the photo is the BELGIQUE. The date given by the archive is 30-31 December 1899, but that cannot be correct: The vessel sank on 10th November 1899 with the loss of 18 lives. More about this casualty and details of the ship here...

    This ship was built by Cockerill with the intention to supervise on the Schelde at Antwerp. She had a total lenght of 48 m and 6.50 m width. The 1130 HP engine could reach a speed of 15 knots. In January 1865 the Belgique offered help to the ferry Samphire from the Dover-Calais route as...
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