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White Star Line


Image of White Star liner Oceanic (White Star Line)

Length: 685.7 ft.
Breadth: 68.3 ft.
Draft (or Depth): 44.5 ft
Tonnage: 17,275 tons (gross), 14,731 (underdeck), 6,917 (net)
Engines: 2 triple expansion, 8cyl. (2) 47.5", (2) 79", (4) 93" x 72" stroke. (3,014 NHP)
Speed: 19 knots
Builder: Harland and Wolff, Belfast (Yard No. 317)
Launched: January 14, 1899
Maiden Voyage: September 6, 1899
Disposition: September 8, 1914 (Ran aground - unsalvageable)

Port of Registry: Liverpool, England
Flag of Registry: British
Funnel color: Buff; black top
Company flag: Red swallow tailed pennant with white star
Signal Letters: R H D F
Wireless call letters: M O G
Details: Steel hull, two funnels, three masts, four decks, twin screws, electric light, refrigeration machinery, submarine signal, wireless.


Relationship to Titanic disaster / inquiries.

Not only was Oceanic operated by the same company that operated Titanic, she was also directly associated with Titanic at the beginning of her maiden voyage as well as during the first weeks following the disaster.

April 10, 1912

Minutes after Titanic departed Berth 44 Ocean Dock, she passed Berth 38 where New York and Oceanic were moored in tandem. (Oceanic inboard). The suction of Titanic's propellers and passing bulk caused the two liners to part their mooring hawsers and draw toward Titanic.Only quick thinking by a tugboat captain and Titanic's pilot averted a collision.

May 13, 1912

During a westbound crossing, Southampton to New York, at 47 degrees 01' N by 30 degrees 56' W recovered Titanic's Collapsible A which contained three bodies : First Class passenger Thomson Beattie and two unidentified crewman. The bodies were buried at sea; the collapsible boat was carried on Oceanic's deck to New York where on her arrival 16 May, it was placed with Titanic' s other boats in storage at Pier 59.

May 18, 1912

On her eastbound crossing, New York - Plymouth - Cherbourg - Southampton, Oceanic carried Michel and Edmond Navratil, young Titanic survivors and their mother, Mme. Marcelle Navratil, who had come to take them home to France.


January 14, 1899

Launched, largest liner in the world

September 6, 1899

Maiden Voyage Liverpool to New York and return

August 23, 1905

While at Southampton, fire in compartment #4

October, 1905

Liverpool: 33 firemen arrested for mutiny

January 3, 1907

At New York, fire in #7 hold

June 19, 1907

First voyage Southampton to New York

August 14, 1914

Commissioned as an armed merchant cruiser and assigned to the 10th Cruiser Squadron

September 8, 1914

Ran aground on Foula Island, Shetlands. No loss of life. Armament and naval fittings recovered, hull unsalvageable.


Courtesy: John P. Eaton. Used with permission.