Provisioning The Kronprinz Wilhelm For A Single Transatlantic Voyage - 1914
The Book of Genesis does not record the tonnage of the huge vessel which finally stranded on Mount Ararat, after finishing the most wonderful voyage ever described in the annals of mankind. But it is quite safe to assume that the dimensions of the Ark, that old-time floating storehouse, are exceeded in size by the largest of steamships now crossing the Atlantic.
Not the least striking evidence of the size of these modern monsters of the deep is afforded by the vast quantities of food which must be taken aboard for a single six-day trip across the Atlantic. For the 1.500 passengers and the several hundred men constituting the crew, carloads of food and whole tanks of liquids are necessary.
To enumerate in cold type the exact quantities of bread, meat, and vegetables consumed in a weekly trip would give but an inadequate idea of the storing capacity of a modern liner. We have, therefore, prepared a picture which graphically shows by comparison with the average man the equivalent of the meat, poultry. and bread-stuffs, as well as the liquors used.
Each kind of food has been concentrated into a giant unit, compared with which the figure of the average man seems puny.
On the "Kronprinz Wilhelm," of the North German Lloyd Line, which steamship we have taken for the purpose of instituting our comparisons. some 19,800 pounds of fresh meat and 14,300 pounds of salt beef and mutton, in all 34,100 pounds of meat, are eaten during a single trip from New York to Bremen.
This enormous quantity of meat has been pictured in the form of a single joint of beef, which, If it actually existed, would be somewhat less than 10 feet high, 10 feet long, and 5 feet wide. If placed on one end of a scale, it would require about 227 average men in the other end to tip the beam.
For a single voyage the "Kronprinz Wilhelm" uses 2,640 pounds of ham. 1,320 pounds of bacon, and 506 pounds of sausage—in all, 4.466 pounds. Since most of this is pork, it may well be pictured in the form of a ham. That single ham is equivalent in weight to 374 average hams. It is 7% feet high, 3 feet in diameter and 2 feet thick.
The poultry eaten by the passengers of the steamer during a trip to Bremen or New York weighs 4,830 pounds. Suppose that we show these 4.840 pounds of poultry in the form of a turkey, dressed and ready for the oven. The bird would lie a giant 10 feet long, 8 feet broad, and 5 feet high.
Sauerkraut, beans, peas, rice, and fresh vegetables are consumed to the amount of 25,320 pounds. Packed for market, these preserved and fresh vegetables would be contained in 200 baskets of the usual form, which piled up make a formidable truncated pyramid.
"Provisioning The 'Kronprinz Wilhelm' For A Single Transatlantic Trip" in Scientific American Reference Book, Edition of 1914, Munn & Co., Inc., New York, 1914, p. 227