White Star Line’s Oceanic (1899) was launched on 14 January 1899.
Oceanic was named after the first White Star liner. The latter liner was a giant of her time; the first ship to exceed Brunel’s Great Eastern in length (but not in tonnage). Upon her launch, Oceanic was the world’s largest ship, a title she held until 1901 when White Star’s Celtic eclipsed her.
Built by Harland & Wolff in Belfast, the 17,274 GRT Oceanic was 685 feet long and 68 feet at her beam. The twin-screw liner was rated at 21 knots. She featured three masts and two funnels. Oceanic cost approximately US$3.6 million to build. Her handsome promenade deck extended for 400 feet.
Oceanic’s maiden voyage began on 6 September 1899: Liverpool-New York. She later made a westward passage in 5 days, 16 hours and 34 minutes.
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