THE BIGGEST LINER IS NOW IN PORT

THE BIGGEST LINER IS NOW IN PORT

New York Times

Adriatic Arrives After a Very Successful Maiden Voyage
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NO JARS ON THE TRIP
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Passengers Give Praise for Smoothness of Voyage on New White Star Liner
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The Adriatic, the biggest of transatlantic liners afloat, arrived here
at the end of her maiden voyage across the Atlantic yesterday afternoon.
She is a stately and dignified craft, and among all the saloon
passengers who crossed in her there was not one who did not agree with
the officers that there is not a better vessel afloat when it comes to
steadiness in rough seas, easy going in smooth ones, and general
all-around comfort in all kinds of weather. The liner is one of the most
luxuriously appointed afloat, and is in a class by herself in that she
is equipped with a modern Turkish bath apartment, in addition to all the
other innovations.

Outwardly the Adriatic resembles the Baltic, Cedric, and Celtic, the
other giant ships of the White Star Line, but she is far superior when
her interior arrangements are taken into consideration. The beauty of
her decorations, the elaborateness of her furnishings, and the roominess
and airiness of her apartments have been told in the newspapers time and
again, the result being that her coming has long been an event looked
forward to with the keenest interest by that part of the public
sometimes called "transatlantic voyagers."

The voyage of the Adriatic was a most creditable for a maiden effort,
and all hands were profuse in their congratulations of Capt. Smith and
his staff for the splendid way in which they handled the liner on her
way across. Not a slip was made, and not ajar was felt, said one of the
passengers, while another enthusiast declared that it had not been for
the sight of the ocean through port hole and cabin window, they would
hardly have realized that they were at sea, so steady and regular was
the big liner in all kinds of weather.

Congressman Bourke Cockran described the liner as "the embodiment of
human skill over natural obstacles," while J. Bruce Ismay, President of
the International Mercantile Marine Company, who was also a passenger,
admitted the company's pride in its latest acquisition. Of course, the
fact that the engines of the liner are new and are still "untuned," as
the sailors put it, made it necessary for the engineering staff to be
constantly on the watch to see that every piece of machinery worked as
it was intended. Later, when the engines get into their natural stride
and the engineers become thoroughly familiarized with their new jobs,
the Adriatic, according to officers and crew, can be expected to perform
a great deal better than she did on this unusually creditable maiden
effort.

From Queenstown to New York the liner consumed just 7 days 1 hour and 45
minutes, covering the distance of 2,896 miles at an average speed of
17.02 knots an hour. Her best day's record was on Sunday, when she
logged from midnight to midnight of that date 430 miles. Her day's runs
in order, beginning with May 10 and ending at noon yesterday, were as
follows: May 10, 377 miles; May 11, 423 miles; May 12, 430 miles; May
13, 405 miles; May 14, 416 miles; May 15, 419 miles; and May 16, 420
miles.

Only one accident marred the passage of the Adriatic, and that happened
while the liner was being warped into her pier yesterday afternoon.
Among the passengers was R. C. Kerens, Republican National Committeeman
from Missouri, Mrs. Kerens, and their two children, Miss Gladys and R.
C. Kerens, Jr. Young Mr. Kerens was waving his hand to his brother, who
was on the pier, when he slipped and fell. In falling he struck his jaw
against one of the iron stanchions and dislocated it. Fortunately Dr.
Ingram of Roosevelt Hospital was on the pier, and assisted by Dr. W. F.
N. O'Loughlin, the surgeon of the Adriatic, set the jaw after fifteen
minutes' work. Mr. Kerens was in intense agony, but the doctors said
that his recovery would probably be rapid.

The Adriatic brought over 2,502 passengers, among them being 365 saloon
and 335 of the second class. Among the former were Mr. and Mrs.
Nathaniel T. Bacon, Col. Bedlake, W. C. Benedict, A. H. Billing, Mr. and
Mrs. W. E. Campbell, Mr. and Mrs. F. R. Chambers, William Churchill,
Randall Davidson, Mr. and Mrs. Alfred E. Dickey, Mr. and Mrs. J. W.
Donnelly, Mr. and Mrs. Charles D. Fuller, Mr. and Mrs. E. P. Gates,
Judge T. A. Gill, R. S. Grant, R. S. Hawthorne, Mrs. C. H. Ingraham, Mr.
and Mrs. George Proctor Knott, Mr. and Mrs. S. H. Knox, Mrs. Daniel S.
Lamont, the Misses Lamont, William Philips, Second Secretary of the
United States Legation at Peking; Mr. and Mrs. Charles H. Pond, Mrs. M.
B. Poor, Mr. and Mrs. W. T. Purdy, Dr. and Mrs. A. B. Riggs, F. A.
Sargent, Mr. and Mrs. A. D. Weeks, Jr., and J. Jay White, Jr.

Related Biographies:
Joseph Bruce Ismay
William Francis Norman O'Loughlin
Edward John Smith

Relates to Ship:
Adriatic

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