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Gothic Fact File

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

Ship Details


Vessel Type: Passenger and cargo ship

Official No: 102119

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

Yard No: 267

Laid down: n/r

Launched: 28 June 1893

Handed over: 28 November 1893

Port & Date of Registry: Liverpool, 22 November 1893

Managing Owner & Address: Oceanic Steam Navigation Co. Ltd., 10 Water Street, Liverpool


Number of Decks: 3

Number of Masts: 4

Rigged: Schooner

Stern: Elliptical

Build: Clencher

Framework & Description of Vessel: Steel

Number of Bulkheads: 9

Number of water ballast tanks: 15


Length: 490.7.5 ft

Breadth: 53.2.5 ft

Depth: 33.5 ft

Gross Registered Tonnage: 7,720.40


Engine Builder: Harland & Wolff Ltd, Belfast

Engine Type: 2 X inverted direct acting triple expansion surface condensing

Cylinders: 2 X 26; 2 X 42½; 2 X 70 inches

Stroke: 51 inches

Nominal Horse Power: 846


Description: Forced draught, cylindrical multi-tubular

Number: 6

Iron or Steel: Steel

Pressure when loaded: 175 lbs

Screw: Twin

Speed: 14 knots

Signal Letters: N. F. V. B.


Gothic was designed and built for the White Star-Shaw Savill & Albion Company joint service between London and New Zealand via Australia. gothic held at the time a number of 'firsts'.

She was the largest liner to enter the London docks (apart from Great Eastern) and the first twin-screw vessel on this service. She had accommodation for 104 Saloon passengers (amidships) and 114 Steerage (in the quarter deck, aft). Fitted with J. & E. Hall’s latest refrigerating equipment, on the carbonic-anhyride system, her insulated capacity could carry around 75,000 frozen sheep carcasses.

Gothic was an unlucky ship. Following a disastrous fire in her cargo of wool in 1906, in which a large portion of her elegant Victorian interiors were destroyed, the ship was refitted at Belfast for the emigrant trade and operated by Red Star Line under the name Gothland.

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