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SS Servia

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Built by J. and G. Thomson, Clydebank, Glasgow, for Cunard

Gross tonnage was 8500 tons, with a cargo capacity of 6500 tons. 1800 tons of coal and 1000 tons of water ballast where also accommodated.

"The horse-power of the engines is 10,500, and the guaranteed speed 17.5 knots an hour which was exceeded on Monday when, on the offcial trip, a speed of 2 miles was obtained, or about l is knots an hour. The Servia is a five-decker, having orlop, lower, main upper, and promenade decks; and her length over all is 530ft. She is divided into nine water-tight compartments, and the bulkheads are built, according to the Admiralty requirements for war purposes. The lower deck forward is fitted to accommodate 500 steerage passengers, while the after part of the deck contains SO state rooms for cabin passengers. 'l'here are other SG state rooms on the main deck aft of the main saloon. The main saloon is of unusually large dimensions, being 76ft. long, 49ft. wide, and capable of seating 308 persons."[1]

1885 Under the command of Captain Horatio McKay, the Servia, sailing from Queenstown to New York suffered much damage in a storm. See the full report in The Engineer 1885/03/20, page 229.

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