News from 1927 Maiden Voyage of Laurentic II

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Mark Baber

Jul 4, 2000
Laurentic II left Liverpool on her maiden voyage to New York on 12 November 1927. What follows is The New York Times' coverage of her arrival

The New York Times, 21 November 1927

White Star Line's Newest Ship Has Accommodations for 1,450
Will Make One More Atlantic Voyage, Then Go on Cruise to Mediterranean
The White Star liner Laurentic, re­cently completed at the Harland &
Wolff Shipyard, Belfast, Ireland, for cruising in the Mediterranean in
the Winter and the Liverpool-Montreal service in the Summer, is due to
ar­rive this morning on her maiden voyage across the Atlantic. The
Laurentic is taking the place of the Adriatic, which is undergoing her
an­nual overhaul.

The Laurentic is a triple screw steamship of 16,500 gross tonnage, 575
feet long, 75 feet beam and 45 feet depth of hold. Her motive pow­er is
similar to that of the Olympic, and consists of two reciprocating
en­gines driving the port and starboard propellers and a centre low
pressure turbine, which gives the required speed with the minimum of

The new liner has accommodation for 400 cabin, 400 tourist third and 650
ordinary third class passengers. The main dining saloon is decorated and
furnished in the style of Louis XVI, white and gold colors, and chairs
light and straight backed. The spacious lounge is in the Italian
Renaissance period, with parquet floor for dancing. The smoking room is
along Jacobean lines and the gymnasium in Pompeian style. The walls of
the children's playroom are decorated with pictures from the "Life of
Robinson Crusoe."

In addition to the latest style in passenger accommodations of all
classes, the Laurentic has unusually large capacity for refrigerated
cargo, at varying temperatures and the lat­est appliances for the rapid
loading and discharging of freight.

Special attention has been paid to the tourist accommodation which
be­gins on "C" deck, two decks higher than usual on Atlantic liners.

Captain E. L. Trant is the master of the Laurentic and William J.
O'Hagen, the purser. Both have been in Atlantic ship service for the
past twenty-five years.

The Laurentic will make one more round trip between Liverpool and New
York before starting on her first cruise to the Mediterranean, Palestine
and Egypt on Jan. 16, 1928. She is the second White Star ship to bear
that name. The first Laurentic was built in 1910 and was sunk by a
German submarine four miles off the coast of Donegal, Ireland, in 1917
with $1,500,000 in her specie room. The money has been salvaged by the
British Admiralty.


The New York Times, 22 November 1927

Passengers Say Ship Was Steady in Buffeting Strong Head Winds and High
The new White Star liner Laurentic arrived yesterday morning from
Liv­erpool via Queenstown with 268 passengers who spoke in high terms of
the steadiness of the ship while buffeting strong head winds and high
seas. Captain E. L. Trant, master of the Laurentic, said the liner had
averaged fifteen knots on the voyage across and would make sixteen and
one-half knots when her engines become loosened up.

Among the passengers was Herbert Menary, 6 years old, who traveled
unaccompanied. He was met at the West Nineteenth Street pier by his
mother, Mrs. James J. Thompson of 22 Quitman Street, Newark. Follow­ing
the death of her first husband five years ago Mrs. Thompson came here,
leaving baby Herbert with friends.

Another passenger was W. J. Willett Bruce, 67 years old, who recently
retired as chief superintendent engi­neer of the White Star Line at
Liverpool. He was in the employ of the company for fifty-two years.

William J. O'Hagan, purser of the Laurentic, said that the total amount
of gold carried in the first steam­ship of that name, which was sunk off
the coast of Ireland in 1917 by a German submarine, was £10,000,000, and
that nearly all was salvaged by the British Admiralty.

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