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Berlin (II) / (Arabic II)

Norddeutscher Lloyd Line

Image of ss Berlin (Norddeutscher Lloyd Line)

Length: 613.0 ft.
Breadth: 69.0 ft.
Draft (or Depth):
Tonnage: 17,324 (gross)
Engines: Steam quadruple expansion engines, twin screw.
Speed: 16 knots
Builder: A.G. Weser of Bremen, Germany
Launched: November 7, 1908
Maiden Voyage: May 1, 1909
Disposition: 1931 - Scrapped at Genoa..

Port of Registry: Bremen, Germany
Flag of Registry: German
Funnel color: Buff; black top
Company flag: White; a represenatation of a large blue anchor and crossed keys.
Signal Letters:
Wireless call letters: D K B
Details: 2 funnels and 2 masts; accommodation - 266 first class, 246 second class, 2,700 third class


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.

August 1914

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.

December 1919

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

September 1921

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.


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