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BurdenBuiltShipowner or operator Dimensions
10,499 gross 1888 at Glasgow by J. & G. Thomson & Co. Inman Line 527.6ft x 63.2ft 
 Year Departure ArrivalRemarks
 1888  March 15, launchedAtlantic Journey ID 6752
 1888  Aug. 1, maiden voyage Liverpool - New YorkAtlantic Journey ID 3221
 1888  Liverpool     New York  Aug. 09 Also reported arrive 1888-08-10Transatlantc ID
 1888  Liverpool     New York  Sept. 14 Journey of 8 days from EnglandTransatlantc ID
 1888  Liverpool     New York  Oct. 17 907 passengersTransatlantc ID
 1888  Liverpool     New York  Nov. 14 Journey of 7 days from EnglandTransatlantc ID
 1889  Liverpool     New York  Mar. 12 Queenstown 1889-03-07, a journey of 6 days from England - Also reported arrive New York 1889-03-13Transatlantc ID
 1889  Liverpool     New York  Apr. 24 Arrived in the morning - Also reported arrive 1889-04-25Transatlantc ID
 1889  Liverpool     New York  May 22 Also reported arrive 1889-05-23Transatlantc ID
 1889  Liverpool     New York  June 21 Queenstown 1889-06-14, arrived New York at 01:30 morningTransatlantc ID
 1889  Liverpool     New York  Aug. 14 Queenstown 1889-08-08, a journey of 6 days from EnglandTransatlantc ID
 1889  Liverpool     New York  Sept. 11 Queenstown 1889-09-05, 1200 passengers arrived New York at 17:00 afternoonTransatlantc ID
 1889  Liverpool     New York  Oct. 09 Arrived in New York at 18:00 evening after crossing the Ocean in 6 days from EnglandTransatlantc ID
 1889  Ran aground and fastened on a sandbar off Sandy HookAtlantic Journey ID 9212
 1889  Liverpool     New York  Oct. 17 Transatlantc ID
 1889  Liverpool     New York  Nov. 06 Queenstown 1889-10-31, arrived New York on a Wednesday at noonTransatlantc ID
 1889  Arrived at Queenstown with her machinery partially disabledAtlantic Journey ID 9209
 1890  Liverpool     New York  May 14 Queenstown 1890-05-08. Arrived in New York at 03:00 morning after 6 days journey from EnglandTransatlantc ID
 1890  Liverpool     New York  June 11 Queenstown 1890-06-05, journey of 5 days from EnglandTransatlantc ID
 1890  Liverpool     New York  July 08 Also reported arrive 1890-07-09Transatlantc ID
 1890  Liverpool     New York  Aug. 13 Queenstown 1890-08-07, arrived New York at 07:00 morning crossing the Atlantic Ocean in 5 days and 18 hoursTransatlantc ID
 1890  Liverpool     New York  Sept. 10 Queenstown 1890-09-04, arrived in New York at 10:00 morningTransatlantc ID
 1890  Liverpool     New York  Oct. 08 Queenstown 1890-10-02, arrived New York at 06:00 morning after crossing the Atlantic Ocean in only 5 days and 16 hoursTransatlantc ID
 1890  Liverpool     New York  Nov. 05 Queenstown 1890-10-30Transatlantc ID
 1890  Liverpool     New York  Dec. 03 Also reported arrive 1890-12-04 - Arrived at 07:00 morningTransatlantc ID
 1891  Liverpool     New York  Feb. 11 Queenstown 1891-02-05Transatlantc ID
 1891  Liverpool     New York  Mar. 14 Also reported arrival 1891-03-13Transatlantc ID
 1891  Liverpool     New York  Apr. 08 Queenstown 1891-04-02Transatlantc ID
 1891  Liverpool     New York  May 07 Also reported arrive 1891-05-06Transatlantc ID
 1891  Liverpool     New York  June 03 Transatlantc ID
 1891  Liverpool     New York  July 01 Queenstown 1891-06-25Transatlantc ID
 1891  Liverpool     New York  July 29 Queenstown 1891-07-23 - Pass. from Trondheim left 1891-07-16)Transatlantc ID
 1891  Liverpool     New York  Aug. 26 Queenstown 1891-08-20, a journey of 6 days from EnglandTransatlantc ID
 1891  Liverpool     New York  Sept. 23 Queenstown 1891-09-19Transatlantc ID
 1891  Liverpool     New York  Oct. 21 Queenstown 1891-10-15Transatlantc ID
 1891  Liverpool     New York  Nov. 18 Queenstown 1891-11-12Transatlantc ID
 1892  Liverpool     New York  Mar. 16 Queenstown 1892-03-10 - Also reported arrive 1892-03-17Transatlantc ID
 1892  Liverpool     New York  Apr. 13 Transatlantc ID
 1892  Liverpool     New York  May 10 Transatlantc ID
 1892  Liverpool     New York  June 07 Also reported arrive 1892-06-09Transatlantc ID
 1892  Liverpool     New York  July 05 Also reported arrive July 6 and 7Transatlantc ID
 1892  Liverpool     New York  Aug. 13 Transatlantc ID
 1892  Liverpool     New York  Sept. 06 Also reported arrive 1892-09-07Transatlantc ID
 1892  Liverpool     New York  Oct. 04 Transatlantc ID
 1892  Liverpool     New York  Nov. 02 Transatlantc ID
 1892  Liverpool     New York  Nov. 30 Queenstown 1892-11-24. Crossing the Ocean in 6 days from EnglandTransatlantc ID
 1893  Liverpool     New York  Feb. 11 Transatlantc ID
 1893  Transferred to American Line, renamed New York, came under US flagAtlantic Journey ID 3222
 1893  Accommodation altered to carry 290-1st, 250-2nd and 725-3rd class passengersAtlantic Journey ID 6753
 1893  Feb. 25, sailed from New York on her first voyage to SouthamptonAtlantic Journey ID 6754
 1898  April, became US Armed Cruiser HarvardAtlantic Journey ID 6755
 1898  July, rescued survivors of destroyed Spanish fleet near SantiagoAtlantic Journey ID 6756
 1899  January, returned to American Line, resumed New York - Southampton service Atlantic Journey ID 6757
 1899  Jan 14, starboard engine broke down, repaired at SouthamptonAtlantic Journey ID 6758
 1901  Rebuilt: fitted with new triple expansion engines, number of funnels reduced to two, size increased to 10,798 tons grossAtlantic Journey ID 6759
 1903  April 15, resumed New York - Cherbourg - Southampton serviceAtlantic Journey ID 6760
 1913  The first class passenger accommodation was downgraded to second classAtlantic Journey ID 6761
 1918  May, became the US Transport PlattsburgAtlantic Journey ID 6762
 1920  February, returned to American Line, resumed the New York - Plymouth - Southampton service as the New York, masts were reduced to two.Atlantic Journey ID 6763
 1921  Sold to the Polish Navigation Co., name retained - used her for one round voyage New York - Antwerp - Danzig - Southampton - Cherbourg - Brest - New YorkAtlantic Journey ID 6764
 1922  Went to the Irish American Line Atlantic Journey ID 6765
 1922  Went to the United Transatlantic LineAtlantic Journey ID 6766
 1922  June 10, left New York for the last time for the American Black Sea Line on a voyage to Naples and Constantinople where she was sold at auction by order of the US governmentAtlantic Journey ID 6767
 1923  Scrapped at GenoaAtlantic Journey ID 6768
The information listed above is not the complete record of the ship. The information was collected from a multitude of sources, and new information will be added as it emerges

S/S New York of the Inman Line
S/S New York of the Inman Line, later of the American Line
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At the time of her launch the City of New York was the largest passenger steamer afloat. She was built with a clipper stem, three funnels, three masts, twin screws and a speed of 20 knots. There was accommodation for 540-1st, 200-2nd and 1,000-3rd class passengers, all together she had accommodations for 2,000 persons crew included. There were five decks in the ship, and she was built with a double bottom. The promenade deck was flush from stem to stern, covered on top and open at the sides, affording the passengers ample space for their daily airing. One of the most pleasing features about the ship's construction, and one to which particular attention had been given by her designers, was the handsome dining saloon. It was situated forward on the upper deck, and in order to avoid the low ceiling which was common aboard ships at the time, the roof of the saloon was carried up above the top of the house on the hurricane deck, or about 20 feet. The ceiling was supported by a steel arch 33 feet long and with 23 feet of span. It was provided with stained-glass windows or skylights protected above by the skylights and frames. The dining room had along its sides a number of recesses or compartments for private tables. The room could seat 300 diners. The large pantries, one on each side of the saloon, were connected by lifts with the galley which was situated on the deck below. At the after end of the saloon was a large hall opening upon the grand stairway leading to the promenade deck.

First class dining saloon, City of New York
First class dining saloon, City of New York

The main first-class saloon and library were also reached by this stairway, the former was forward of the library above the entrance hall of the dining saloon. Those rooms were all elegantly furnished throughout. The library was amply provided with literature. Aft of the funnels on the upper deck provision had been made for a dining room for children and nurses. The first-class smoking room was situated on the upper deck at the after end of the ship, and was 45 feet long, 27 feet wide, and had ample room for 130 people. The bar was a very handsome apartment, upholstered in ornamental leather, with American walnut panels. The first-class staterooms and suites of apartments were situated on four decks, within 155 feet of the ship's waist. The largest and best were those on the promenade and upper deck. There were 25 sitting rooms or saloons for day use, and altogether sleeping accommodations for 479 first-class passengers.

The library on the steamships New York and Paris

The second-class passengers were provided for on the main and lower decks, the dining room was situated aft on the upper deck. It was 27 feet long and 40 feet wide, with room for 150 persons. The other apartments of the second class passengers, including 96 staterooms, were situated on the after end of the main and lower decks. The steerage passengers were quartered at the two extreme ends of the lower and main decks. Their berths were in the middle of the vessel which left both sides of their cabins for day occupation. Petty officers and crew were accommodated forward. The ship was well ventilated and was lighted by electricity.

Her engine power exceeded that of any other merchant steamer yet built, and was 20,000 horse power. The Umbria and Etruria of the Cunard Line, the fastest Atlantic vessels at the time had engines of 14,321 horse power. She had one set of twin screws, with triple expansion engines. The engines could work independently of each other. Each of the engines was located in their own water-tight compartment. The boilers which supplied the steam were fitted in three separate water-tight compartments, divided from each other by transverse bulkheads. There were nine boilers, of steel, weighing 74 tons. The appliance for forcing a draught in the boilers was fitted on the same principle as that used in the navy and was called the Stakehold system. It was the first time that was used on an Atlantic steamship.

S/S City of New York (3)
S/S City of New York (3), engraving from Scientific American, 1893
City of New York, the bridge
The bridge
S/S City of New York, main saloon
The main saloon of the City of New York
, was of the same arrangement as on the City of Paris

The main saloon was just forward of the bridge. It was surmounted by a magnificent iron arched roof, 63 feet long and 25 feat wide. This roof was double, the inside being of stained glass in artistic designs. Between this glass and the outer roof were hundreds of incandescent lights. At, night the outer roof was closed by iron shutters and the saloon brilliantly illuminated.

New York, Inman Line steamship
The S/S City of New York as the New York in American Line service, some time after the ship was rebuilt. As can be seen, one of the funnels was removed.
Twin screws on the S/S City of New York
Twin screws on the S/S City of New York


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