News from 1927: THE ALBERTIC--- FIRST VOYAGE AS WHITE STAR LINER


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The Times, 21 April 1927

THE ALBERTIC
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FIRST VOYAGE AS WHITE STAR LINER

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A luncheon was held yesterday on board the liner Albertic, which was
lately owned by the Royal Mail Steam Packet Company and has been taken
over by the White Star Line. This latest addition to the White Star
fleet will sail on its first trip under the new flag to Montreal
to-morrow.

The vessel, which was inspected by passenger agents from all over the
country yesterday, is the largest steamer sailing to Montreal. The
Albertic has a register of 19,000 tons and is 615ft. long and 75ft. in
beam. It is a cabin and tourist third cabin ship, with accommodation for
1,400 passengers. The quarters for both classes are luxurious and every
provision has been made for their comfort. Special attention has been
paid to the balancing of both engines and propellers with a view to
eliminating all vibration, and a carefully planned system of ventilation
has been installed.

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The Gazette, Montreal, 2 May 1927
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ALBERTIC DREW BIG CROWD TO DOCKS
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White Star Company's Largest St. Lawrence Liner Made Excellent Trip
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Hundreds of people, including officials of the port of Montreal,
citizens, lined shed 4 on Saturday night about 8 o'clock to give a fitting
welcome, to the White Star liner Albertic, 19,000 tons, the largest steamer
ever to come to Montreal, at the end of her first voyage to this port.
During the day the telephones in the White Star Line office buzzed
incessantly as residents of the city, anxious to be on hand when the crack
liner of the company berthed, 'phoned for information, and by 8.30 o'clock,
the the [sic] Albertic steamed into port majestically, guided by fussy
little tugs, there was an air of expectancy among the large crowd that
gathered in shed 4.

Harbor police controlled the crowd with tact and everyone was able to see
this floating palace, with her seven decks illuminated, as she swung
gracefully around the pier and came to her berth. It was a fitting climax
to an excellent voyage which occupied six days, eight hours and 47 minutes,
during which the Albertic steamed at an average of 16.28 knots per hour.

Alberic Augers, on of the best-known pilots on the St. Lawrence River who
has been in this profession for 29 years and who has piloted the biggest
White Star steamers for 26 years, was chosen to assist Capt. W. H. Parker,
C.B.E., R.D., (Captain R.N.R., Retd.) in guiding the mammoth vessel up the
channel to Montreal and she made excellent time for the first part of the
trip. In view of her size, there was some interest in the passage under the
Quebec Bridge. To make this it was necessary to cut the masts, but she
sailed under the bridge with about 16 feet to spare and went full speed
ahead for Montreal. Shortly after passing under the bridge a wireless
message was received from the Doric, outward bound, and at 11.30 a.m. the
two steamers passed.They dipped their ensigns in salute and sounded the
sirens. Five hundred people on the Doric crowded the rails to see the
magnificent sight of the large steamer and cheered lustily.

By midday there was a strong current running and it reduced the speed of the
Albertic, notwithstanding she made good time and docked about 8.30 p.m.

People on shore waved and cheered as the Albertic rounded the bend, and by
the time the gangways were up they were anxious to go aboard. Before this
was possible, Major P. A. Curry, general manager, escorted T. W. Harvie,
general manager of the port of Montreal, and Capt. J. F. Symonds, harbor
master of the port, on board, while other representatives of the city joined
them on the steamer and were taken on a tour of inspection. It was nearly
midnight before the last of the crowd disappeared, talking of the biggest
steamer to Montreal and expressing opinions on the excellent accommodation
in the cabin, tourist cabin and third-class accommodation.

Captain Parker said the trip was excellent and he expressed his pleasure at
coming to Canada, which country, however, he was [sic] visited before. He
has been at sea 45 years and has been in command of steamers for a period of
21 years. He has been on the bridge, in command of the Signeete[?], on the
Halifax-West Indies run, the Orbita, the Araguaya on the Australian route
and also on the Aroya. During the war he was for two years commander in
command of patrols in the North Sea, and in 1917 was promoted to be captain
and served as commodore of convoys until the end of the war. Also in 1925
he was in command of a steamer which took 500 pilgrims from Boston to Rome
and also in charge of a steamer a short while afterwards which took another
large party to Rome. While in the Holy City he was received by the Pope.

Passengers disembarking in Montreal included H. N. Ashton, A. T. Cussens,
Mrs. N. Nutley and daughter, E. B. and Mrs. Wallace, all of Montreal; A. O.
Beardmore, A. Britnell, J. J. Bain, H. Clegg, E. C. Holden, Mrs. D. Mason
and Charles Webb, all of Toronto; J. D. Fraas, J. A. MacLaren, Mr. and Mrs.
W. D. Wilson and Mrs. M. A. Wilson, all of Ottawa; Miss E. Chartres of
Quebec, Mr. and Mrs. John Nicholson of Estevan, Sas., and Mrs. E. Alderson
and two children of Windsor, Ont.

It was particularly appropriate that a number of people from Alberta, the
province after which the steamer was named, travelled on the Albertic, on
her first trip to Montreal, and they told representatives of the press that
they appreciated the compliment of the White Star Line in naming the steamer
after their province; and also spoke of the good time they had coming over.

The tourist third-cabin accommodation brought forth encomiums from all who
inspected it and when they were told that not very long ago it was used as
first-class accommodation in cruises they understood better the reason for
the luxury of the tourist cabin accommodation.

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