Ship Fact Files


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

Ship Name:


Vessel type: Passenger ship

Official No: 118023

Harland & Wolff Ltd,
Queen's Island,

Yard No: 340

Laid down: 17 October 1901

Launched: 18 December 1902

Handed over: 17 June 1903

Port & Date of Registry: Liverpool, 17 June 1903

Managing Owner & Address:
Harold Arthur Sanderson,
30 James Street,


Number of Decks: 5

Number of Masts: 4

Rigged: Schooner

Stern: Elliptical

Build: Clencher

Framework & Description of Vessel: Steel

Number of Bulkheads: 10

Number of water ballast tanks: 17


Length: 600.7 ft

Breadth: 65.5 ft

Depth: 51.95 ft

Gross Registered Tonnage: 15,801.14


Engine Builder: Harland & Wolff Ltd, Belfast

Engine Type: 2 X quadruple expansion direct acting vertical inverted cylinders

Cylinders: 2 X 30; 2 X 43; 2 X 63; 2 X 89 inches

Stroke: 60 inches

Nominal Horse Power: 1,834


Description: Cylindrical multi-tubular

Number: 8 double and 4 single ended

Iron or Steel: Steel

Pressure when loaded: 214lbs

Screw: Twin

Speed: 16 knots

Signal Letters: V. C. N. Q.


Arabic was White Star's first duel purpose liner, both passenger and cruise ship. She operated on the Liverpool to New York service and together with Cymric ran on the new service to Boston. She made a number of holiday cruises from New York to the Mediterranean which proved highly successful and led the company to further develop this new concept in ocean travel. She was lost through enemy action on 19 August 1915.