TITANIC-TITANIC.com | SS Celtic I
- Builder: Harland and Wolff
- Yard No.: 79
- Launched: June 8th, 1872
- Maiden Voyage: 1872 Liverpool - New York
- Gross Tonnage: 3,867 tons
- Length: 437.2 ft.
- Beam: 40.9ft.
- Decks: 2
- Funnels: 1
- Masts: 4
- Propellers: 1
- Engines: 2 x 2 cylinder compound engines
- Boilers: 12
- Speed: 14.5 knots
- Port of Registry: Liverpool
- Carrying Capacity: 50 first class, 800 third class
- Sister Ships: Adriatic I
Celtic I was one of two liners, the other being her sister vessel Adriatic I, which were both constructed by Harland and Wolff for the White Star Line. The commercial success of the quartet of Oceanic-class liners of Oceanic I, Atlantic, Baltic I, Republic I, led to the construction of Adriatic I and Celtic I, which were also similar in layout and dimensions.
Celtic I was under tow once more, this time by Britannic I in the January of 1883, after her propeller shaft snapped. Luckily, she was able to continue under sail until taken under tow into Liverpool.
On May 19th, 1887, Celtic I was heading to New York in thick fog when she collided with Britannic I, about 300 miles off Sandy Hook. Britannic I was holed, whilst Celtic I's bow plates were stoved in. The subsequent Court of Inquiry investigation censured both vessels for excessive speed in fog. During the repairs to Celtic I, second class accommodation were added.
In the October of 1892, Celtic I was retired at Birkenhead, and put up for sale. The following April, Celtic I was sold to the Thingvalla Line, and renamed Amerika, and sailed under a Danish flag. Her first sailing under this new guise, on May 27th, was on the Copenhagen - Christiania - Christiansand - New York route. She wasn't really a commercial success, as the small amount of traffic didn't justify such a large ship, so Amerika was only used during the summers, making just eight voyages.
Amerika was broken-up at Brest in 1898.
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