News from 1903: Maiden Voyage of Arabic II


Mark Baber

Staff member
MAB Note: Arabic II left Liverpool on her maiden voyage on 26 June 1903 and arrived in New York on 5 July. This article appeared the next day

The New York Times, 6 July 1903

Latest Addition to Transatlantic Fleet Arrives on Maiden Trip
The White Star liner Arabic, the latest addition to the International
Mercantile Marine Company's fleet, arrived at New York on her first trip
across the Atlantic yesterday morning. Although not so large as either
the Celtic or the Cedric, her two immediate predecessors in the White
Star service and the world's two largest ships, the Arabic is
nevertheless one of the biggest steamships in the transatlantic trade,
her displacement figures being 26,500 tons and her gross measurement
about 15,300 tons.

In cabin arrangement the new liner is similar to the Celtic and Cedric,
the first class library and smoking rooms being on the upper promenade
deck, the dining saloon on the upper deck, and the cabin accommodations
amidships. The second cabin accommodations are immediately abaft the
saloon quarters and like the first-class, have been provided with a
smoking room and library.

Abaft the second-class passengers are located the steerage quarters.
There are other third-class accommodations at the forward part of the
vessel. A feature of the steerage arrangements is that there are a large
number of two, three, and four-berth rooms. The dining room is large and
airy, with neat decorations and comfortable revolving chairs.

The Arabic is driven by 10,000 horse-power quadruple expansion engines,
and is expected to average about 16 knots an hour at sea.

Yesterday Capt. B. F. Hayes, who commands the Arabic, was enthusiastic
in praise of his ship, and said that he expected her to prove one of the
easiest going and most comfortable ships on the Atlantic.