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Encyclopedia > RMS Berengaria

The Berengaria was originally launched as the SS Imperator by the German HAPAG Line in 1912.

At the outbreak of World War I, the Imperator was in harbor at New York. In 1917, the United States Government seized the ship following their entry into the war. The Imperator was given to the British Cunard Lines as war reparations, to replace the torpedoed RMS Lusitania.

In addition to some refitting, Cunard renamed the Imperator after the name of Queen Berengaria, the wife of Richard the Lion-Hearted. This was the first Cunard ship to not carry the name of a Roman province.

The Berengaria served as flagship of the Cunard fleet until she was replaced by her sister ship, the Bismarck, now the RMS Majestic in 1934. In later years, she was used for cheap prohibition-dodging cruises, which earned her the unfortunate nick-name "Bargain-area". Towards the end, she suffered the small fires that many older ships experience, and Cunard sent her to be broken up in 1938.

See also: Imperator


  • 51,680 gross register tons (146 300 m3)
  • 909 ft (277.1 m) overall length , 98.3 ft (30.0 m) beam.
  • Engines: steam turbines geared to 4 screws, 60,000 shaft horsepower (45 MW), designed speed 22.5 knots (41.7 km/h).
  • 4,234 passengers (908 first class, 592 second class, 962 third class, 1,772 steerage), 1,180 crew.

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SS Imperator - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (517 words)
The SS Imperator, later renamed RMS Berengaria, was the first of a trio of successively larger ocean liners that included the Vaterland and the Bismarck built by the German HAPAG Line for the transatlantic passenger service.
Before her launch on May 23, 1912, in order to make her longer than the RMS Aquitania (which was under construction at the time) she was fitted with large bronze eagle gracing her forepeak with a banner emblazoned with HAPAG's motto Mein Feld ist die Welt (my field is the world).
The Berengaria served as flagship of the Cunard fleet until she was replaced by her sister ship, the RMS Majestic -- originally HAPAG's SS Bismarck -- in 1934.
RMS Olympic: Another Premature Death? : (2002) by Mark Chirnside - 8 April 2002 (2403 words)
In this respect the grandiose pools of the Berengaria and Majestic were certainly superior to the Aquitania and Olympic’s plainer pools, while their public rooms were somewhat grander in size, but the huge variations in accommodation made their facilities hard to compare.
Aquitania, Berengaria and Olympic all made crossings in the region of twenty-two to twenty-three knots, although Olympic has to have been considered slower owing to her higher number of passages at twenty-one knots.
Berengaria needed extensive repairs by February 1930, to rectify considerable wasted plating in her watertight bulkheads dividing the boiler rooms, which were hard to access owing to the boiler layout and masses of pipes; plating was renewed, stiffeners strengthened and doublers fitted.
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