News from 1898: Maiden Voyage of Cymric

Mark Baber

Dec 29, 2000
The New York Times, 23 February 1898

The Cymric Arrives Here on Her Maiden Trip from Liverpool
The White Star Line's new steamship Cymric arrived yesterday on her
maiden trip from Queenstown and Liverpool. She brought only cargo,
which included some live stock. Though designed to make seventeen knots
with her 6,500 indicated horse power quadruple expansion engines and
twin screws, she came over under only half power, and was 11 days, 2
hours and 49 minutes making the passage, which was a very rough one.

Though not an express passenger steamer, the Cymric is the largest
vessel now of the White Star fleet, being 600 feet long, and of 12,340
tons gross register, her net tonnage being 8,123. She is exceeded in
length only by the Kaiser Wilhelm der Grosse and the Lucania and
Campania. She draws thirty-three feet, and from the water line to the
bridge it is sixty-four feet. Her displacement is 24,000 tons. She is
ponderous looking, has an enormous superstructure and four pole masts.

She has accommodation for 1,500 steerage passengers, and in the steerage
are a smoking room and social hall, both innovations. The main saloon
extends the entire width of the ship's sixty-four feet, and is decorated
in white and gold. It is covered by a dome of stained glass. The
saloon smoking room is trimmed in mahogany, and the library is finished
in oak. Staterooms for 100 passengers are larger than on the express
steamers. There is a ladies' parlor also, off the promenade deck.

The officers of the Cymric include Capt. Henry St. George Lindsay,
formerly on the Adriatic; Chief Officer Henry Cookson, and Chief
Engineer Richard Owens.



Mark Baber

Dec 29, 2000
The Times, 7 February 1898

THE WHITE STAR LINE---The new White Star Cymric arrived in the Mersey
from Belfast yesterday. It is interesting to recall that the first vessel of
the line, the Oceanic, whose gross tonnage was only 3,807 tons and extreme
length 430ft., was a single-screw steamship (with four masts, square rigged
on three to make her an efficient sailing ship in case of breakdown of her
machinery), and her engines were of the old bi-compound type, giving a speed
of 13 1/2 knots. The second Oceanic, of 17,000 odd tons gross measurement,
will be 274ft. longer than her namesake and four-and-a-half times as great
in point of size. She will have twin screws with separate sets of triple
expansion engines, and, like the Teutonic and Majestic, will have three
masts. The Cymric is a steamer of 12,551 tons gross measurement, and her
dimensions are as follows:- Length over all, 600ft.; beam, 64ft.; depth,
42ft. She has twin propellers, driven by two independent sets of quadruple
expansion engines, with boilers working up to 210lb. pressure. She is the
largest cargo-carrying steamer in existence exceeding in size the Georgic,
the next largest of the fleet, by 2,300 tons. The Cymric is fitted for the
conveyance of live cattle on two decks, and she differs from the other cargo
steamers of the line in that she is provided with accommodation for a
limited number of cabin passengers. The passenger accommodation is similarly
arranged to that of the Teutonic and Majestic. In case of need accommodation
can be arranged for a considerable number of steerage passengers, and the
vessel has also been so designed that she may readily be adapted for the
conveyance of troops.


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