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SS Servia
Name: SS Servia
Owner: Cunard Line
Route: Liverpool-New York
Yard number: 179
Launched: March 1, 1881
Maiden voyage: November 26, 1881
Fate: Broken up in 1902
General characteristics
Type: Ocean liner
Tonnage: 7,392 GT
Length: 515 feet
Beam: 52.1 feet
Decks: 4 decks

SS Servia was a 2-funnel ocean liner built by John Brown and Company, Clydebank, Scotland, for the Cunard Line. She had four decks and a promenade deck. At the time of her launching in 1 March 1881 it was the second largest of all ships in the world at 515 feet long and 52.1 feet wide, after the SS Great Eastern. She made her maiden voyage in November 26, 1881 from Liverpool to New York. She was taken out of service and broken up in 1902.

The SS Servia was the first steel-hulled Cunarder. She was also the first ocean liner lit by electric incandescent lamps. Though she never attained the Blue Riband, the liner tested whether steel hulls and electric lighting could work for transatlantic ships.

The writers Jane Addams and Henry James both sailed on a crossing aboard the Servia in August 1883, though it does not appear they met.[1]

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Preceded by
City of Berlin
World's largest passenger ship
Succeeded by
City of Rome


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