Boston Services - White Star Line - 1907
WE now give some description of the BOSTON SERVICE of the White Star Line, which comprises the largest and fastest vessels in this trade. The new twin screw steamers “Arabic," '15,800 tons, and “Republic," 15,400 tons, will compare with anything afloat in the beauty and comfort of their passenger accommodation.
The Dining Saloon of the “Arabic," which is on the upper deck forward, and extend the full width of the ship, can seat 250 passengers. The wainscoting design of the room is very effective and rich, being in polished oak and walnut with lyncrusta panels, and the decorator's art has succeeded in producing the same sense of cheeriness here as is so distinctive a feature of other White Star interiors.
A very beautiful room is the Library, a view of which is reproduced. The ceiling and frieze are in cream and gold lyncrusta, the sides being of light colored polished oak, handsomely paneled and relieved with carving.
The floor is of parquetry, covered with rich Ax minster runners, and easy couches and settees abound. The neat Chippendale writing tables commend themselves to penmen and pen women, who will alike be glad to dispatch to their friends one or more of the series of picture postcards, the originals of which were specially painted for the White Star Line by the eminent water color artist, Charles Dixon, R.I.
The Smoke Room, too, well merits a few words of description. It is strikingly wainscoted, the panels being in bronzed lyncrusta, with dark-colored hardwood reliefs. The ceiling is white and gold and a large skylight surmounts the centre of the room, which will rank with anything provided afloat for devotees of “My Lady Nicotine."
And the sleeping accommodation is. no less luxurious. It will suffice to say that it harmonizes with the staterooms in the premier steamers of the New York Service of the Company.
The heating generally is by means of steam pipes, but in all the First Class Staterooms on the promenade and upper promenade decks (which constitute the bulk of the First Class Passenger accommodation), electrical heaters are provided, and these are under the control of the occupant—an obvious advantage.
The “Republic," too, calls for more than passing notice. The Dining Saloon is a spacious, well-furnished room, having seating accommodation for no fewer than 200 passengers. The wainscoting of the apartment is in polished hard woods, light in color, whilst the upholstery is of rich texture, and a special feature of the Saloon is its handsome dome. The woodcarvings, too, add much to its artistic appearance.
The other public rooms of this fine steamer are proportionately capacious and comfortable. The Library calls for special mention ; with its well stocked book-cases and luxurious chairs and settees, it is indeed a veritable " Temple of Rest " to those who seek a quiet nook to con the latest work of a favorite author.
But, however tempting it may be, the old voyager will perhaps say he wishes for nothing more cozy than the Smoke Room; nor can the taste of such an one be impugned, as everything that experience can devise for the smoker's comfort is here apparent.
A notable feature of the steamer is the Lounge, always in great request in wet weather. Situated on the promenade deck it is peculiarly the ladies' domain, giving place to no other apartment in the cheeriness of its aspect.
The remaining steamers (all of great tonnage and fitted with twin screws) which aid to form the Boston Service, are the “Canopic," Romanic," and “Cymric." The “Arabic," it may be mentioned, holds the record for the fastest passage between Queenstown and Boston, and Boston and Queenstown.
These five steamers with the " Cretic " also help to constitute the new White Star Services from Boston and New York to the Mediterranean, and it may be mentioned that they average 13,600 tons each, and all are thus amongst the largest vessels afloat.
During the winter months, when the volume of passenger traffic is diverted to the South Atlantic, the “Cedric " and " Celtic " are also engaged in the Mediterranean service. The vast size of these famous steamers has been a source of much interest to the inhabitants of the ports at which they touch.
1907 White Star Line Brochure Quick Links
- White Star Fleet
- Overview of Services
- First Class Accommodations
- Boston Service
- Second Class Accommodations
- Third Class Accommodations
- Liverpool - Queenstown Route
- Austrailian and New Zealand Service