Mark Baber

Staff member
The Gazette, Montreal, 14 May 1927
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Former R.M.S.P. Orca is Fine Addition to White Star Fleet
Regina Sails Early Today for Belfast and Liverpool---Megantic Due Here
Glistening in the glimmer of harbor lights and drawn slowly to her berth at
Shed 7, the White Star liner Calgaric made her initial appearance in
Montreal last night in the vicinity of ten o'clock. This steamer, which was
formerly the R.M.S. Orca of the Royal Mail Steam Packet Company, was renamed
after the purchase of the White Star Line by the Royal Mail. She was
transferred to the St. Lawrence route in addition to the S.S. Albertic,
another former Royal Mail ship.

The Calgaric, like her Royal Mail Line partner, is a fine addition to the
Canadian service of the White Star, and should be well patronized during the
present season. Her public rooms are spacious and attractively furnished,
while her deck space is ample for seating all passengers and leaving
sufficient room for sports and promenading. Owing to the fact of the vessel
being constructed for service in the tropics, special attention was paid to
the feature of roominess and air ventilation.

The steamer has a gross tonnage of 16,063 and is fitted with triple screws.
She was built in 1918 by the famous Belfast firm of Harland & Wolff, Ltd.,
and given a cruiser stern, which is said to give greater stability. Her
length is 550 feet, beam 67 feet and depth 43 feet. The public rooms are
situated on "A" deck, which is glass enclosed to enable passengers to enjoy
exercise daily despite inclement weather conditions. The principal rooms on
this deck are the main lounge, smoking room and veranda cafe. Another
lounge and the gymnasium are on "B" deck, the accommodation on which
comprises suites and a number of staterooms equipped with beds instead of
the berths usually found on ocean steamships. "C" deck is utilized for
staterooms, and "D" deck utilized for the same purpose with the addition of
the dining saloon. Elevator service connects all decks.

As expected at this season, when the bulk of the trans-Atlantic travel is
eastbound to Europe, the Calgaric did not have a large passenger list.
Among those in the cabin accommodations were R. Culver, emigration expert,
as secretary of the British Dominions Emigration Society; Wm. G. Cullen,
woollen merchant; S. McAllister, foreign exchange manager of the Royal Bank
in Rio Janeiro, Brazil, and Mrs. McAlister; the Rev. J. F. Southern.

The principal officers of this ship are: J. Kearney, Lieut.-Commander,
R.N.R., retired, commander; J. Lister, chief engineer; T. D. J. A. Fuller,
M.B., B.Ch., B.A.O., surgeon; H. E. Wardrop, purser; G. W. McHugh, assistant
purser; A. H. Matthewman, chief steward, and J. Hawney, second steward.


The White Star liner Regina, which was berthed across the basin from the
Calgaric, sails this morning at daybreak for Belfast and Liverpool under the
command of Capt. E. Davies. She will carry a fair list of passengers,
numbering 125 in the cabin accommodation alone, for this period of the

As soon as she moves out of the harbor the Calgaric will be moved across the
basin to Shed 6, so as to leave the Canadian Pacific berth, No. 7, vacant
for the arrival of the Montclare tomorrow. The S.S. Megantic, also of the
White Star Line, is due to arrive in Montreal early tomorrow morning and is
expected to dock at Shed 4. The Calgaric sails for Glasgow and Liverpool
next Wednesday, while the Megantic leaves for Liverpool, direct, on Saturday