Yep; the following has been part of my mailing list series for several years, and will be going out with tonight's installment:quote:
Incidentally, has anyone noticed the date?
I agree. While I have always been a fan of the Homeric, she was really out of her depth on the three-ship express service, and IMHO the main factor that White Star’s express trio did not quite match Cunard’s service for passenger numbers. As has been remarked upon many times, Homeric’s service speed was designed at 18.5 knots, and although it was supposedly increased by a knot after 1924 she remained slow; the average speed figures for 1923 bear this out:quote:
My thoughts on this being a replacement for the Titanic (and later the Britannic II -- come on, now, the Homeric could not properly keep up with the Olympic and Majestic) is that we know that White Star wanted a big replacement ship...
I tend to agree. Had the Oceanic had a service speed of even 25 knots, Majestic would have had trouble keeping pace -- as that was the speed of her fastest ever eastbound crossing set in the summer of 1925. When the Queen Mary was completed in 1936, Aquitania's new propellers helped to increase her average speed by over a knot, yet it was another heavily unbalanced schedule. One wonders what would have happened in the meantime, if Oceanic had been completed without a better-matched running mate?quote:
Perhaps in the beginning, this ship was being considered as much more of a consort to the Olympic and Majestic in a traditional three-ship weekly service, where 21 to 23 knots would have been acceptable.
I wish this was knowable. I agree with your comments about the three-ship service, but Oceanic would need to have been very fast indeed even if the Majestic's speed could have been increased somehow.quote:
For the short term, at least, the Olympic and Majestic would have been good ships for the three ship weekly service. But would the Oceanic been fast enough to have one sister and the two share a weekly service between them?
Although I have a soft spot for Olympic, I think Majestic would have been retained. If not in sentimental terms, in sheer size she was White Star's flagship in the 1920s. However, somehow I can't see Olympic being retired as early as the late 1920s. That said, it's hard to see what alternative service she might have been suited to? Cruising -- perhaps -- would have shown a profit in the depression years, yet she was hardly suited to warmer climates.quote:
...Which of the two remaining ships would another Oceanic class ship replaced? The Majestic or the Olympic? (And if Olympic, why not name the new ship Olympic II?)