TITANIC-TITANIC.com | S.S. Homeric
- Builder: F. Schichau, Danzig
- Yard No.: 891
- Launched: December 1913
- Maiden Voyage: 15th February, 1922
- Gross Tonnage: 34,351 tons
- Length: 751 ft.
- Beam: 83.3 ft.
- Decks: 5
- Funnels: 2
- Masts: 2
- Propellers: 2
- Engines: 2 x 4 cylinder triple expansion engines
- Boilers: 12 double boilers
- Speed: 18.5 knots
- Port of Registry:
- Carrying Capacity: 529 in first class, 487 in second class, 1,750 in third class
- Sister Ships: Hindenburg
Homeric was launched in December 1913 as Columbus, for the Norddeutscher Lloyd Line, at the Danzig yard of F. Schichau, making her the largest twin propellor reciprocating ship in the world. Columbus was then laid-up at Danzig. Her sister vessel, Hindenburg, was renamed Columbus in 1924.
On the 28th June, 1919, Columbus was ceded to Great Britain.
On 31st January, 1922, Columbus arrived from Germany, and was renamed Homeric. On 15th February, Homeric made her first sailing between Southampton, Cherbourg and New York. Her operating consorts were Olympic and Majestic II. Homeric's working speed of 18 knots was too slow, but she was very steady at sea.
On 9th April, 1924, Homeric returned to service, with an improvement in her speed to 19.5 knots, however, this was still well below the Atlantic levels, and scheduling problems, but it still resulted in a reduction of Homeric's crossing time of 24 hours. Due to the United States Immigration controls, her third class passenger carrying capacity was too large, and Homeric operated unprofitably.
In 1928, the new 60,000 ton liner Oceanic was announced as Homeric's replacement, but of course this never came to fruition.
In 1930, Homeric's accommodations were changed to 523 in first class, 841 in second class, and 314 in third class.
On 1st June, 1932, Homeric made her final Atlantic voyage, and then sailed between British and Mediterranean ports. On 28th September, Homeric was damaged while anchored off Tenerife, after being rammed by the Isla de Tenerife, when her steering failed whilst circling Homeric.
In the Winter of 1932, Homeric was employed operating cruises to the West Indies.
In 1935, Homeric was laid up off Ryde, on the Isle of White.
On 27th February, 1936, Homeric was purchased for £74,000, and scrapped by Thomas Ward & Co., at Inverkeithing, as seen here in the map below.
N.B. Image source: Wikipedia
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