The S/S Albertic was built in 1923 by A.G. Weser in Bremen, as the Munchen (2) for the North German Lloyd. In 1923 she was transferred to Royal Mail and renamed Ohio, without ever having been in service for NDL. She was taken over by the White Star Line in 1927, and renamed Albertic. She had a tonnage of 18,940 tons gross, 12,504 under deck and 10,234 net. Dimensions: 590.8 feet long, 72 feet beam and holds 37.6 feet deep and bridge deck 246 feet long. She had two funnels, two masts, 3 steel decks, and a steel shade deck partly sheathed in wood. 4th steel deck in holds, web frames,10 bulkheads, partly asphalted and partly cemented. She was fitted with electric light, submarine signaling device, wireless and direction finder. There was a cellular double bottom, 523 feet long, 3,215 tons, forward peak tank 126 tons and aft peak tank 118 tons.
She had twin screws and quadruple expansion engines with 8 cylinders of 34, 48 13/16, 69 3/4 and 102 inches diameter each pair, stroke 63 inches, operating at 220 p.s.i. The engines delivered 2,788 nominal horsepower. There were 6 double ended and 1 single ended boilers, 52 corrugated furnaces, grate surface 1,015 sq. ft, heating surface 42,000 sq. ft. The engine was built by A.G. Weser. Call sign: KNSG Official registration #: 147459. There was accommodation for 229 1st calls, 523 2nd class and 690 3rd class passengers.