Virginian’s very long history at sea began with her 22 December 1904 launch at Alexander Stephen & Sons, Ltd., Linthouse, Glasgow.
With her fitting out completed, Virginian sailed on her maiden voyage on 6 April 1905, Liverpool to New York, under the flag of Canada’s Allan Line. The state-of-the-art triple-screw Virginian and her sister ship, Victorian, were the first transatlantic liners to be fitted with steam turbine engines.
In April 1912, Virginian was one of several vessels in wireless contact with the stricken Titanic.
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