Relationship to Titanic disaster / inquiries.
During the inquiries there was a lot of emphasis put on the lack of lifeboats aboard Titanic. At the British Wreck Commissioner's Enquiry Berlin, as well as several other German steamers were referred to to demonstrate that Titanic carried lifeboats for a much larger percentage of the passengers aboard.
May 1, 1909
Maiden voyage: Bremen - New York.
Taken over by German Navy and fitted as a mine layer. She was disguised in Anchor Line livery. Among her victims was HMS Audacious, the only British battleship lost to either mines or torpedoes during the war. Several weeks later, Berlin was interned at Trondheim, Norway.
Berlin was ceded to England as a war reparation and was given to the Shipping Controller under control of P&O.
Purchased by The White Star Line and renamed Arabic
After being refitted to White Star specifications, the Arabic made her maiden White Star voyage from Southampton to New York.
October 29, 1926
Arabic made her first voyage under charter to the Red Star Line and resumed doing so until 1930 when she reverted back to the White Star Line and her passenger accommodation was again modified.
Scrapped at Genoa.