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Owner: Oceanic Steam Navigation Co. Ltd. (White Star Line)

Ship Name:

TEUTONIC

Vessel type: Passenger ship

Official No: 96334

Builder:
Harland & Wolff Ltd,
Queen's Island,
Belfast

Yard No: 208

Laid down: n/r

Launched: 19 January 1889

Handed over: 25 July 1889

Port & Date of Registry: Liverpool, 29 June 1889

Managing Owner & Address: William Samuel Graves,
10 Water Street, Liverpool

Description

Number of Decks: 4

Number of Masts: 3

Rigged: Schooner

Stern: Elliptical

Build: Clencher

Framework & Description of Vessel: Steel (Siemens Martin Process)

Number of Bulkheads: 11

Number of water ballast tanks: n/r

Dimensions

Length: 565.5 ft

Breadth: 57.8 ft

Depth: 39.2.5 ft

Gross Registered Tonnage: 9,984.26

Machinery

Engine Builder: Harland & Wolff Ltd, Belfast

Engine Type: 2 X triple expansion inverted direct acting surface condensing

Cylinders: 2 X 43; 2 X 68; 2 X 110 inches

Stroke: 60 inches

Nominal Horse Power: 2,400

Boilers

Description: Cylindrical multi-tubular

Number: 12

Iron or Steel: Steel

Pressure when loaded: 180lbs

Screw: Twin

Speed: 20 knots

Signal Letters: M. F. P. K.

Notes

Teutonic and Majestic (Yard No. 209) were the first ships to be built with an annual subsidy from the British Admiralty so that in time of war or national emergency they could be quickly converted into armed merchant cruisers. Designed by Alexander M. Carlisle, Teutonic was the first twin-screw vessel constructed for the White Star Line and the first not to be provided with a suit of sails in case of engine breakdown. Both ships broke records but Majestic proved the faster of the sisters.
Teutonic was the star of her age, representing the White Star Line at two Royal Naval Fleet Reviews, in 1889 and 1897. For almost twenty years the pair performed faultlessly carrying record numbers of passenger, huge cargos and earning the White Star Line large profits. Teutonic was finally broken up in 1921, thirty-two years after she first entered service, a remarkable record for an Atlantic liner.

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