News from 1923 Maiden voyage of Doric II

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Mark Baber

The Gazette, Montreal, 21 June 1923

Montreal's Largest Steamer Received Big Welcome on First Trip to Port

Greeted by siren-blasts from all the ships in port, the new White
Star-Dominion liner Doric, the largest ship that has ever entered the harbor
of Montreal, docked here at 10 o'clock yesterday after an uneventful maiden
voyage from Liverpool and Belfast. The passage of the Doric was retarded by
two days of bad weather, but her performance in view of the caution always
displayed on a first voyage was considered highly satisfactory by officials
of the line.

The big ship, gaily dressed with bunting was welcomed to Montreal by many
well-known shipping officials, including M. P. Fennell, general manager of
the port, who mounted to the ship's bridge and extended the welcome of the
Harbor Commissioners to Captain John Davies, the Doric's veteran commander.
Others at the pier included Major P. A. Curry, general manager of the White
Star-Dominion Line, Captain J. F. Symons, harbor master; Captain R. C.
Brown, port warden; L. S. Tobin, C. F. Mason and L. A. Collins, of the White
Star-Dominion Line.

In the afternoon the ship was thrown open to the public, and a throng
estimated at nearly five thousand persons visited the liner during the space
of four hours. Today the company will entertain large gatherings at
luncheon and dinner, when many prominent citizens will be the company's
guests. The Doric will sail for Liverpool on Saturday and thereafter be in
regular service on the St. Lawrence route.


Among the passengers who arrived on the Doric yesterday was Mr. Murray
Davey, an opera singer of international repute, who in the past has shared
the stage with Caruso and Scotti, and who was the first British subject to
appear in a premiere role in the opera in Paris. He has come to Canada to
visit Boris Hambourg of the Toronto Conservatory of Music. Recently he has
been singing with great success at the Brussels Royal Opera.

Other passengers included Brig. Gen. G. S. Tuxford, C.B., C.M.G., D.S.O.,
who commanded the Third Canadian Infantry Brigade during the war, and is
returning to his home in Moose Jaw, Sask.; Edwin Riby, British art dealer,
who is going to Niagara-on-the-Lake, and John William Eggers of the
Anglo-Belgique Shipping Company, Limited, who is going to Vickers, Limited,
Montreal, to superintend repairs to the coal steamer Cymric Queen.

The Doric is a twin-screw steamer of 16,600 tons, and is 600 ft. 9 inches
long, 57 ft. 6 inches beam and 45 ft. 6 inches moulded depth. A notable
feature of the new ship and one commented on by all of her passengers is her
almost complete freedom from vibration, it being necessary, they said, to
look overboard to realize that the vessel was actually under way.

The electrical installation of the Doric is exceptionally complete. An
arrangement in the after wheel-house shows hoe the steering is going on the
bridge, so that if the steering equipment on the bridge fails the ship can
be steered aft by a wheel the size of one's hand.

Another unusual feature is found in the Diesel emergency engines which can
be put into operation if the main generators go out of action. They are not
only able to light the vessel, but can lower the boats and work the pumps,
water tight doors, steering gear, and wireless apparatus.

Most of the public rooms of the Doric, including the drawing-room, smoking
room and lounge, are situated on the promenade deck. The main dining saloon
has accommodation for 300 passengers. There is a play room for children and
a well-equipped gymnasium.

While the cabin accommodation of the Doric is unusually luxurious, it is in
the third-class quarters that one is most impressed with the advance that
has been made in the standard of accommodations. Smoking rooms, baths, and
music rooms are provided for them, while the ship's orchestra plays daily in
their quarters. There are three third-class dining saloons, seating 630
passengers. They extend the full width of the ship.

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