Antwerp, Belgian - Port of Call - Steamships and Ocean Liners
Antwerp harbor is unique, lying about fifty miles from the North Sea, on the right bank of the river Scheldt, at the crossing of the most important maritime route and the densest and most extensive net of rivers, canals and railroads.
Below are historical articles about the Port and Harbor of Antwerp Belgium:
The Port of Antwerp, Belgium - Views and Information circa 1909
Belgium, in proportion to its size, possesses one of the most intensely developed systems of waterways of any European country, the total length of main line canals being 1,015 miles of which 900 miles are owned by the State and 115 miles by the Provinces, Communes, or Concessions.
The Port of Antwerp. An overview of the Harbor and City (1913)
ANTWERP, famous as the birthplace of Quentin Massys and Rubens, is not only a town of art and archaeological treasures; it has also the qualities and attractions of a large modern city, and ranks among the greatest maritime ports of the world.
- The Port of Antwerp's Past, Present and Future (1919)
In the course of Its long history, Antwerp has experienced many periods of prosperity and eras of severe depression. In the time of the Romans, the giant Antigone had built a castle on the present site of Antwerp. This tyrant demanded tribute from all ships which passed his castle. If the captain was unable to pay the sum demanded, the giant would cut off his right hand and throw it In the ScheIdt River, according to legend. This led to the city being named Antwerpen, for in Flemish "ant" means hand and "werpen" means to throw.
- Antwerp's Port in Good Shape (1919)
The Belgian Ministry of Shipping has cabled regarding the condition of the port of Antwerp that the extensive Rhine quay berths, where the Red Star liners used to lie and Which were blocked with lumber and all kinds of materials during the German occupation, have been all cleaned up and are ready for the proper discharging and loading of ocean steamships.
- Antwerp's Quick Revival After World War I (1919)
Belgium’s leading seaport, Antwerp, Is throwing off the paralyzing effects of the War with extraordinary rapidity, and the energy displayed by its civic and business rulers is of good omen for the future prosperity of this war-worn city.
- Antwerp's Pre-War and Future Status as a Major Port (1919)
IN the coming reorganization of European ocean transportation Antwerp Is bound to play a very important role. Before the war, It was one of the most prominent of European ports and a close rival of Hamburg. During the year 1912, 13,761,000 tons of shipping entered the Port of Antwerp or only 36,000 tons less than put Into Hamburg.
- Port of Antwerp - Progress of Overseas Traffic (1922)
ANTWERP, the most progressive port on the continent of Europe, is most advantageously situated, its geographical position being one of the leading factors in its abounding prosperity. Abutting upon the most frequented maritime route of the world. It Is the best center of contact between the world's seaborne commerce and the greatest industrial and most densely populated areas of Europe.
- Port of Antwerp: Growth of the Port (1922)
The immense installations principally comprise 12 maritime docks at the north, accessible by three maritime docks, three barge docks at the North, accessible by one maritime lock, a large landing stage up stream of the river quays, specially fitted for petroleum steamers; a basin with an outlet in the Campire Canal, and intended for interior shipping;