The RMS Oceanic was one of the White Star Line’s creations, a transatlantic ocean liner that was the largest in the world up until 1901.
The Oceanic was created in the late 1890’s under the supervision of Thomas Ismay, director at the White Star Line, before his death in 1899. She was said to be the first step in the fleet of ships, including the Titanic and her sister ships.
The ship was the first ever to exceed Brunel’s SS Great Eastern in length, and was at the time the largest ship about to stay afloat.
Nicknamed the ‘Queen of the Ocean’ she was launched on 14th January 1899, with over 1000 guests standing by. Oceanic was built to accommodate just over 1,700 passengers and 349 crew, Charles Lightoller was once an officer on the ship.
The Oceanic often sailed into Liverpool and was involved in a collision during heavy fog in 1901 which killed seven people and sank a small ship.
During World War I, which broke out in 1914, the Oceanic underwent maintenance so that she could be called upon for naval work and was considered one of the best of her time.
Shortly after this, the ship came into trouble after it’s captain, Captain Slayter retired for the night, unaware that the ship had in fact that it had in fact gone off course. Despite the clear weather that day the ship ran into the Shaalds and became very badly damaged.
This disaster was covered up at the time, due to fear of public backlash and embarrassment that the world-famous liner could come to its end in such circumstances.