Doric (I) Fact File

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Doric (I) Fact File

Owner: Oceanic Steam Navigation Co. Ltd. (White Star Line)

Ship Details


Vessel Type: Passenger and cargo ship

Official No: 87847

Builder: Harland & Wolff Ltd, Queen's Island, Belfast

Yard No: 153

Laid down: n/r

Launched: 10 March 1883

Handed over: 4 July 1883

Port & Date of Registry: Liverpool, 30 June 1883

Managing Owner & Address: William Samuel Graves, 10 Water Street, Liverpool


Number of Decks: 3

Number of Masts: 4

Rigged: Barque

Stern: Elliptical

Build: Clencher

Framework & Description of Vessel: Steel

Number of Bulkheads: 7

Number of water ballast tanks: 5


Length: 440.9 ft

Breadth: 44.25 ft

Depth: 31.6 ft

Gross Registered Tonnage: 4,744


Engine Builder: Harland & Wolff Ltd, Belfast

Engine Type: Compound high and low pressure

Cylinders: 2 X 32; 2 X 71 inches

Stroke: 60 inches

Nominal Horse Power: 550


Description: Elliptical

Number: 3

Iron or Steel: Steel

Pressure when loaded: 90 lbs

Screw: Single

Speed: 14 knots

Signal Letters: H. R. V. M.


Doric, like all White Star liners built at this time was a gracefully looking vessel, with four masts, square rigged on three, providing her with effective sail power in case of engine breakdown. Along with her sister Ionic (Yard No. 152), the two vessels were chartered on completion to the New Zealand Shipping Company. Doric departed on her maiden voyage on 26 July 1883. The voyage from London to Wellington in New Zealand via the Cape and the return voyage in November was the fastest round-the-world trip to date.

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