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Arabic III
  • Builder: A.G. Weser, Bremen
  • Yard No.: 164
  • Launched: 1908
  • Maiden Voyage: 1909 Bremerhaven - New York - Genoa
  • Gross Tonnage: 16,786 tons
  • Length: 590.2 ft.
  • Beam: 69.6 ft.
  • Decks: 3
  • Funnels: 2
  • Masts: 2
  • Propellers: 2
  • Engines: 2 x four cylinder quadruple expansion
  • Boilers:
  • Speed: 17.5 knots
  • Port of Registry:
  • Carrying Capacity: 266 first class, 246 second class, 2,700 steerage
  • Sister Ships: N/A

Launched as Berlin on November 7th, 1908 for the Norddeutscher Lloyd Line, she made her maiden voyage between Bremerhaven, New York and Genoa on May 1st, 1909.

On September 18th, 1914, she was requisitioned by the German Navy to act as an Auxiliary Cruiser, and was fitted to carry 200 mines. In October of the same year she laid a minefield off Tory Island in the North Sea, which the British battleship H.M.S. Audacious ran into and sank.

A shortage of coal resulted in Berlin having to put into Trondheim where she was interned.

On the 13th December, 1919, Berlin was handed over to the Shipping Controller, who assigned her to be managed by P & O. She was refitted to enable her to perform troop-carrying duties to Bombay.

In November 1920, Berlin was purchased by the White Star Line, who sent her to Portsmouth Dockyard for conversion back to a passenger carrying liner.

In 1921, Berlin was renamed Arabic III, and on September 7th, she made her first voyage between Southampton and New York. On September 20th, she replaced Canopic on the New York - Mediterranean route.

In 1924, Arabic III was refitted to carry 500 cabin, and 1,200 third class passengers, and on the 16th August, she replaced Canopic once more, this time on the Hamburg - New York route.

On 29th October, 1926, Arabic III was chartered by the Red Star Line, and operated this time on the Antwerp - New York run, retaining her White Star Line livery.

In the April of 1927, Arabic III was repainted in the livery of the Red Star Line.

On the 27th December, 1929, Arabic III made her last sailing for the Red Star Line on the Antwerp - New York route, and in 1930, she was back with the White Star Line the following year, who rejigged her cabin accommodations once more to give her 177 cabin class, 319 tourist and 823 in third class. On January 11th, Arabic III was back on the Liverpool - New York route, being laid-up in the winter.

On March 15th, 1931, Arabic III made her final sailing between Liverpool and New York, and she was then sold for £17,000, and scrapped in Genoa.

 

 

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