by Larry E Heck
PO Box 1897
Castle Rock, CO 80104

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On May 14, 1891, the SS Noordland docked in New York and the Mathew Heck family stepped foot in the USA.  We can not be sure what day they left Antwerp, Belgium but we can guess.  The distance between the two cities is about 2600 miles.  The SS Noordland traveled about 15 miles per hours continuously 24 hours a day.  In other words, she was capable of traveling about 360 miles a day.  She was capable of making the crossing in about one week.  We don't know if she made any stops along the way or how weather might have affected her progress but we can be rather certain the trip took between one week and two weeks.