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1927. Motor vessel Alcantara.
1927. The Swimming Pool
1927. View in First-Class Gallery
1927. Top platform in Auxiliary Engine Room
1927. 400 K.W. Generators in Auxiliary Engine-Room
1927. Starboard Engine Controls, Main Engine-Room
1927. View in Starboard Wing of Main Engine-Room
RMSP Alcantara

The Royal Mail Steam Packet Co's twin-screw motor liner Alcantara, built by Harland and Wolff, Belfast, Builders and Engineers. Sister ship RMS Asturias

1926 September 23rd. Took to the water and completed her fitting out towards the end of the year.

1927 February 18th formally handed over to her owner, Royal Mail Steam Packet Co. On the preceding day, successful speed trials took place and a 24 hour full-speed endurance trial was carried out; the machinery operated in a very satisfactory manner, all main and auxiliary units performing a non-stop run.

February 19th the Alcantara left Belfast Lough for Southampton.


  • Overall length - 655ft. 8in
  • Length between perpendiculars - 630ft. 6in
  • Breadth, moulded - 78ft. 5in
  • Depth, moulded - 40ft. 5in
  • Displacement - 32,000 tons
  • Gross tonnage - 22,180 tons
  • Speed - 16 1/2 knots

For full details and information The Engineer 1927/02/25 p 211


The image entitled RMSP Alcantara was contributed by MM, 28th November 2010; it dates from around 1932 and may have been taken at Santa Maria.

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