Friday, May 11, 2018

RMS Campania

Frank E. Dodman, Ships of the Cunard Line; Adlard Coles Ltd. 1955
At 622 feet, the RMS Campania was the largest and fastest passenger vessel afloat when she was launched in 1893. She was powered by triple expansion steam engines, possibly the highest development of that type of engine. The engines powered twin propellers, the first of that arrangement in a Cunard ship. In the next twenty years she made 250 voyages across the Atlantic.
 In 1914 she was headed for scrap but WW1 intervened and the passenger liner was converted to a seaplane tender, eventually acquiring a 220 foot flight deck. Just before the armistice the Campania was involved in an accident and sunk in the Firth of Forth. 

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