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RMS Asturias

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1926. The R.M.S.P. Motor Liner Asturias.
1926. One of the Main Engines of The Asturias.
1926. First-Class Entrance on B deck.
1926. First-Class Dining Saloon.
1926. First-Class Smoking Room.
1926. The Winter Garden.
1926. Top Platform looking forward
1926. Upper Middle Platform Showing Reversing Shafts.
1926. Bottom valve gear at lower middle platform.
1926. View in starboard wing, looking aft.
1926. Bottom platform showing engine controls.
1926. Main generators in auxiliary engine room.

Owned by the Royal Mail Steam Packet Co.

1925 Launched on 7th July.

1926 February. Left Southampton on her maiden voyage to South America.


Overall length - 655ft. 8in. Breadth - 78ft. Depth - 45ft. Gross tonnage - 22,500

The passenger accommodation was arranged in three classes and a total ship's complement was 1800 passengers and crew.

There were six cargo holds, some of which were for refrigerated cargo, while eleven water-tight bulkheads divide the hull into twelve compartments.

The first class accommodation is arranged on six decks amidships, whilst third class passengers are carried in comfortable quarters forward and second class passengers in well-designed public rooms and cabins aft of the first class accommodation.

The first class lounge, the reading room and the writing room are all excellent examples of the best work of Kent's and Robert Adam's periods, and are taken from actual examples of the artist's work at Houghton House, Norfolk and Harewood, Yorkshire.

For complete details of the interior, see The Engineer 1926/02/26, p 240 - p 242.

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