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New York

American Line

Image of ss New York (American Line)

Length: 517.0 ft.
Breadth: 64.6 ft.
Draft (or Depth): 22.0 ft.
Tonnage: 10,798 tons (gross), 8,557 (underdeck), 4,643 (net)
Engines: 2 triple expansion, 8 cyl. (2) 42", (2) 66", (4) 77" x 60" stroke (1,978 NHP)
Speed: 19 knots
Builder: James and GeorgeThompson, Glasgow (Yard No. 240)
Launched: March, 15, 1888
Maiden Voyage: August 1, 1888
Disposition: 1923 - Scrapped at Genoa, Italy.

Port of Registry: New York, U.S.A
Flag of Registry: U.S.
Funnel color: Black; white band below black top.
Company flag: White with large blue eagle at center
Signal Letters: K L P B
Wireless call letters: K S N
Details: Steel hull, three funnels (later two), three masts, twin screws, four decks, electric light, refrigeration machinery, submarine signal, wireless.


Relationship to Titanic disaster / inquiries.

As Titanic left Southampton 10 April 1912, the suction and wave action of her propellers and huge bulk tore New York loose from her mooring in tandem with Oceanic at Berth 38.  The tug Vulcan quickly tied up to New York and along with the Hercules, kept her in check until Titanic had passed.


March 15, 1888

Launched as City of New York, largest ship in commission in the world and first twin screw liner on the North Atlantic.

August 1, 1888

Maiden voyage for Inman, Liverpool to New York

February 8, 1893

Last voyage for the Inman Line; Liverpool - New York as Inman was absorbed as American Line

February 22, 1893

Acquired by American Line and renamed New York

February 25, 1893

First voyage, Southampton-New York

May 1898

Renamed Harvard by the U.S. Government and used as an armed merchant cruiser during the Spanish-American War

January 1, 1899

Reverted to American Line as New York.


Extensive refit at Cramp, Philadelphia, two new funnels, triple expansion engines.

April 4, 1903

First voyage following refit.


First class became second: II - 700; III - 1,000.


Requisitioned by U.S. Government as troop carrier Plattsburg.


(New York): Three masts reduced to two. Westbound, Southampton - Cherbourg - New York. Eastbound, New York, Plymouth, Southampton.

September 14, 1921

First voyage for Polish Navigation Co., New York - Antwerp - Danzig, as New York.

November, 1921

Seized for debt and sold.


Under ownership of Irish-American Line as New York.

Ownership of United Transatlantic Line as New York.

June 10, 1922

Taken over by American Black Sea Line as New York. First voyage, New York - Constantinople, where sold at auction by order of U. S. Government.


Scrapped at Genoa.


Courtesy: John P. Eaton. Used with permission.
Image Courtesy: Jeff Newman and greatships.net.