White Star Line’s Celtic (1901) was launched on 4 April 1901 at Belfast’s Harland & Wolff shipyard. She was the first of White Star’s “Big Four” liners (the others were Baltic (1903), Cedric (1903), and Adriatic (1907)).
The first liner to exceed 20,000 gross tons, Celtic was 701 feet long with a 75-foot beam.
Celtic made her Liverpool-New York maiden voyage on 26 July 1901. She served that route, with occasional interruptions for Southampton departures and cruises, until the start World War I. From 1914, Celtic served as an armed merchant cruiser. In 1916, she was converted into a troopship.
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