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BurdenBuiltShipowner or operator Dimensions
10,101 gross 1903 at Glasgow by Alexander Stephen & Sons Scandinavian America Line 500.8ft x 58.3ft x 29.4ft 
 Year Departure ArrivalRemarks
 1903  Mar. 30: Launched Atlantic Journey ID 8623
 1903  Kristiania - New York   
 1903  June 3: departed Copenhagen on her maiden voyage to Christiana (Oslo), Christiansand and New YorkAtlantic Journey ID 8624
 1903  Kristiania - Kristiansand  June 04  New York  June 15 First journeyTransatlantc ID
 1903  Kristiania - Kristiansand  July 16  New York  July 26 Transatlantc ID
 1903  Kristiania - Kristiansand  Aug. 27  New York  Sept. 06 Transatlantc ID
 1903  Kristiania - Kristiansand  Oct. 08  New York  Oct. 19 Journey from Trondheim - New York in only 11 daysTransatlantc ID
 1903  Kristiania - Kristiansand  Nov. 19  New York  Nov. 30 Transatlantc ID
 1904  Kristiania - Kristiansand  Feb. 11  New York  Feb. 22 Transatlantc ID
 1904  Kristiania - Kristiansand  Mar. 19  New York  Apr. 01 Transatlantc ID
 1904  Kristiania - New York   
 1904  Kristiania - Kristiansand  May 05  New York  May 16 From Copenhagen some 600 passengers followed, 502 Norwegian emigrants embarked in Kristiania together with 131 Swedish passengers from Gothenburg and Stockholm. In Kristiansand another 270 emigrants embarked.Transatlantc ID
 1904  Kristiania - Kristiansand  June 16  New York  June 26 Transatlantc ID
 1904  Kristiania - Kristiansand  July 28  New York  Aug. 07 Arrived New York on a Sunday morningTransatlantc ID
 1904  Kristiania - Kristiansand  Sept. 08  New York  Sept. 18 Transatlantc ID
 1904  Kristiania - Kristiansand  Dec. 01  New York  Dec. 12 Transatlantc ID
 1905  Kristiania - Kristiansand  Feb. 09  New York  Feb. 21 Transatlantc ID
 1905  Kristiania - New York   
 1905  Kristiania - Kristiansand  May 04  New York  May 16 Arrived New York in the morningTransatlantc ID
 1905  Kristiania - Kristiansand  June 15  New York  June 25 Transatlantc ID
 1905  Kristiania - Kristiansand  July 27  New York  July 28 Transatlantc ID
 1905  Kristiania - Kristiansand  Sept. 07  New York  Sept. 18 Transatlantc ID
 1905  Kristiania - Kristiansand  Oct. 19  New York  Oct. 29 Transatlantc ID
 1905  Kristiania - Kristiansand  Nov. 30  New York  Dec. 12 Transatlantc ID
 1906  Kristiania - New York   
 1907  Kristiania - New York   
 1908  Kristiania - New York   
 1909  Kristiania - Kristiansand - New York   
 1910  Kristiania - New York   
 1911  Kristiania - New York   
 1912  Kristiania - New York   
 1913  Kristiania - New York   
 1914  Kristiania - New York   
 1915  Kristiania - New York   
 1916  Kristiania - New York   
 1917  Kristiania - New York   
 1918  Kristiania - New York   
 1919  Kristiania - New York   
 1920  Kristiania - New York   
 1921  Kristiania - New York   
 1922  Kristiania - New York   
 1923  Kristiania - New York   
 1924  Kristiania - New York   
 1925  Oslo - New York   
 1935  Spt. 3: damaged by fire at Copenhagen and was sold to S.A. Cantieri Marzocco, Livorno for scrapping the same yearAtlantic Journey ID 8625
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S.S. United States, Scandinavian America Line steamship
United States, Scandinavian America Line steamship (Source: Norway Heritage Collection - License: CC BY-NC-ND 4.0)

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Details: 10,101 tons gross, 6,506 under deck and 6,035 net. Poop 44 feet long, bridge 176 feet long and forecastle 59 feet long. She had one funnel, two masts (Schooner), twin screws and a speed of 15 knots. 2 decks & awning deck, fitted with electric light and refrigerating machinery. Water ballast. Propulsion: triple expansion engines with 6 cylinders of 30, 50 & 80 inches diameter each pair; stroke 54 inches; 941 nominal horsepower. The engine was built by the same company as the hull. There was accommodation for 130-1st, 140-2nd and 1,400-3rd class passengers. The S/S United States, S/S Hellig Olav, and the S/S Oscar II were sister ships. These three steamers were all built at the famous shipyards of Alexander Stephen and Sons, on the Clyde, Scotland. All of them have double cellular bottoms divided into 10 watertight compartments, and in addition to that they were divided from bottom to deck by 10 other watertight compartments. They also had bilge keels to insure maximum steadiness at sea.

First cabin accommodations on these steamers were located amidships on the promenade and saloon decks. The staterooms were of liberal size, and well ventilated. They contained washstands, wardrobes and sofas. Hotchkiss Patent berths were installed throughout, permitting the upper berths to be closed out of sight when out of use. The "Oscar II" had two "chambres de luxe", located on the promenade deck. These were luxuriously furnished, with silk hangings and draperies, and equipped with brass beds.

The first cabin dining room was a magnificent apartment, extending the full width of the ship. The walls were of polished oak and mahogany and the furnishings strikingly. Small group tables, dainty table furnishings and porcelain combined to produce a dining room of unusual attractiveness and beauty.

Located well forward on the promenade deck was the Music Saloon. On one side of the Music Saloon was located the Ladies' Saloon and on the other side a comfortable Library and Writing Room. Further aft, on the same deck was a Smoking Room. Numerous baths, showers and lavatories were conveniently located on the promenade and saloon decks. The cabin barber and hair dressing shop was on the saloon deck. The entire upper promenade and the forward part of the saloon promenade deck were reserved for the use and convenience of First Cabin passengers. Steamer chairs and rugs could be obtained from the deck steward.

The Dining Room, located on the saloon deck, was finished in polished oak, and in furnishings and attractiveness was comparable with the First Cabin Dining Room. The Smoking Room and Ladies Room were likewise furnished and decorated with the idea of providing passengers with every comfort and most of the luxuries of the first cabin. The Second Cabin Staterooms for two, three and four passengers were located on the saloon and upper decks, and were furnished in the same style as those in the First Cabin. There were also numerous baths and lavatories. Second Cabin passengers had the exclusive use of the amidships and aft part of the saloon promenade deck.

There was no steerage on the ships, as they operated with a third class. The third class staterooms, all of which were spacious, and well ventilated, were comfortably furnished with iron beds, springs, mattresses, sheets, pillows and blankets, wash-stands, mirrors, towels, soap and water. They were also supplied with fresh drinking water, and kept in order by stewards and stewardesses. They could accommodate two, four and six passengers, enabling whole families to keep together. Meals were served by uniformed waiters in clean dining rooms at tables set with clean linen and porcelain tableware, and the food was of good quality, cooked in the palatable Scandinavian style, served plentifully, and with a wide variety in the menus. Ample deck space for open air promenading and exercise was reserved for the third class passengers. Ladies' saloon, well furnished comfortable smoking rooms, barber shops and many baths were a few of the conveniences furnished to those traveling in third class. The services of a physician and nurse, and the facilities of a well equipped hospital and dispensary were at the service of passengers. The same standards of courtesy and cleanliness that made traveling in the first and second cabins were also found in third class. Women and children traveling alone were in the care of a special matron and stewardesses.


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