Were the beautiful German liners "Bremen" and "Europa" identical sister ships? I have seen a dramatic photo of the " Europa", sunk in a harbor up to her superstructure, after having rammed the sunken "Paris"...
There were some differences between them including the shape of the funnels, rudder structure, forward end of the superstructures, a different lounge behind the funnels, boiler room vents and the size of the bulbous bow and rake of the stem. Mechanically I believe they were the same however. While not identical twins, they were certainly sisters with differences between them similar in magnitude to the differences between Lusitania and Mauretania.
Reigel is right there, most of the diferences existed as 2 ships built in different yards, just as lusitania and mauretania had differences from being built in diferent yards. the most notable difference is bremen's bow appears to be slightly sharper than europa's and also if you look in the bridge area in pics youll notice some differences. which brings to mind an interesting notice between britannic and titanic, besides that britannic had huge oversized davits, if you look at the deck area right below britannics bridge youll notice a difference in the window arrangement, look at both rows.
I just received the book Bremen and Europa by Frank O. Braynard and it's such a disappointment. The picture quality is very poor, there are maybe two stills of the interiors and overall the number of pictures is severely lacking.
Also the layout of the text does NOT invite one to read at all. Are there better books about these liners available? Besides Shadow Voyage?
I also have the book and quit reading it toward the end. It repeats itself, has many typos, and is just plain not "reader friendly." It is definitely not one of F.O.B.'s better works. It even mentions an appendix that is not there!