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White Star Hits Hard Times

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On 5 December 1930, facing abysmal bookings, White Star Line canceled a planned 31 January 1931 New York-to-Mediterranean cruise by Laurentic (1927). Laurentic’s passengers were re-booked on a Homeric (1922) for a 24 January cruise. It was, in retrospect, the beginning of the end for White Star Line.

Laurentic (1928)

Laurentic (1927)

Laurentic, only slightly over three years old, was laid up for the winter. In the spring, she would resume serving her usual Liverpool-Quebec-Montreal route.

Homeric, meanwhile, was nearing the end of her service life. On 1 June 1932, she departed New York on her final transatlantic crossing. In 1934 White Star merged with its chief rival, Cunard Line. Cunard was keen to erase all remnants of White Star and began phasing out many of the line’s vessels, including Homeric, which was originally launched in 1913 as Columbus for Norddeutscher Lloyd and ceded to Britain in 1919 as part of German war reparations.

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