News from 1872: Maiden Voyage of Celtic I

Mark Baber

Dec 29, 2000
Celtic I arrived in New York at the conclusion of her maiden
voyage from Liverpool on 5 November 1872, the "Tuesday" mentioned in the
first paragraph. This article appeared three days later.

The New-York Times, 8 November 1872

The New Steam-ship Celtic of the White Star Line---Inspection and
The steam-ship Celtic, the latest addition to the White Star Line,
arrived at this port Tuesday evening and was formally opened for
inspection to a large company of invited guests at the docks of the
White Star Line, yesterday.

The Celtic is the sixth addition to the White Star Line of this class of
steamers, and is considered inferior to none. The dimensions are:
Length over all, 475 feet; breadth of beam, 41 feet; depth of hold, 31
feet; draught of water at load line, 24 feet. There are three decks and
the registered measurement is 2,500 tons. The hull is of iron, and is
divided into seven water-tight compartments, so that in case of accident
to any of the plates the danger of shipwreck is materially lessened.
The saloon is 54 feet in length, 39 feet broad, and is magnificently
decorated and upholstered. The state-rooms are large and commodious,
possessing every known appliance, in the way of hot and cold running
water, electric bells, &c., calculated to insure the comfort of the
passengers. The hull was built by Messrs Harland & Wolff, of Belfast,
Ireland, and the machinery at the Vauxhall Works in Liverpool. The list
of officers is as follows: Captain, Digby Murray; First Officer, James
A. Williams; Second Officer, Mr. Tierney; Third Officer, Mr. Kennedy;
Fourth Officer, Mr. Duncan.

The guests, by the hospitality of the Company, were treated to a
handsome collation on board of the steamer, at the close of the


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