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.