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Technical data and description

More information from "Passenger Ships of the Orient Line" by Neil McCart.

Gross tonnage: 12,133 tons
Net tonnage: 7,421 tons
Length overall: 528 feet 7 inches (161.15 metres)
Breadth: 64 feet (19.51 metres)
Depth: 38 feet 7 inches (11.76 metres)
Main engines: Twin screws, two sets of quadruple-expansion engines, 14,100 ihp, 18 knots
Boilers: Coal-fired, steam pressure 215 psi
Passengers: First class 235, second class 186, third class 696

The first class passengers had access to five decks, from the boat deck down to the upper deck. The first class suites and cabins were situated on the bridge and shelter decks, with the main public rooms on the promenade deck which lay directly beneath the boat deck. Here were housed the lounge and music room and, at the after end, the smoke room. In addition to the first class cabins on the bridge deck there was the second class smoke room, which was aft and overlooked the shelter deck. The shelter deck itself was mainly given over to cabin accomodation with the first class suites amidships and the second class entrance foyer and music room aft. Both the first and second class dining saloons were on the upper deck, situated forward and aft respectively. One notable feature of the first class saloon was the arcaded well which rose through two decks to the bridge deck, with a skylight to give natural light and ventilation. The decoration was cheerful, and as in the other ships of the class, the tables were provided for four, six, eight or ten passengers. The smoking room was some eighteen feet high, the central part having an arched roof, lit by dormer windows. The whole room was in oak with leather upholstery, the chairs being reproduced from a Jacobean design. The lounge, as in other ships, was en suite with the music room, seperated only by a glass door. The decoration was in Georgian style, predominantly pale grey and white, with notes of rich colour being given by prints of famous French paintings. The furniture was in Italian walnut and richly upholstered. The music room, which was in fact a retreat for the ladies, was decorated with golden satinwood and it's furniture was reproduced from antique models in the possession of Waring & Gillow, who were responsible for all the furnishings.

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