What happened to the Imperator after World War I? Answer: After the end of World War I, the Imperator was surrendered to Britain as part of Germany's war reparations. The ship was then handed over to the Cunard Line and renamed the RMS Berengaria.
Was the Berengaria a successful ocean liner? Answer: Yes, the Berengaria was considered a very successful ocean liner. It was known for its luxurious interiors, fine cuisine, and efficient service as the flagship of the Cunard fleet.
What happened to the Berengaria after the war? Answer: After the war, the Berengaria was transferred to the Cunard Line and after extensive repair and retrofit resumed to passenger service on the transatlantic route. However, with the rise of air travel, demand for ocean liners declined, and the Berengaria was eventually retired and sold for scrap in 1938.
What was the size of the Imperator/Berengaria? Answer: The Imperator/Berengaria was one of the largest ocean liners of its time. It was larger than the Titanic, measuring 906 feet (276 meters) long, 98 feet (30 meters) wide, and had a gross tonnage of 52,117. It could accommodate up to 4,234 passengers and 1,180 crew.
When was the Imperator/Berengaria built? Answer: The Imperator was built in 1912 and launched in 1913. It was later renamed the Berengaria in 1921 after being sold to the Cunard Line to fulfill the Treaty of Versailles stipulations that ended WWI.
What was the Imperator/Berengaria used for? Answer: The Imperator was originally built for the Hamburg America Line and was used as a passenger liner. During World War I, it was used as a troop transport for the United States Navy. After being sold to the Cunard Line and renamed the Berengaria, it was used as a luxury passenger liner on transatlantic routes.
What happened to the Imperator/Berengaria after it was decommissioned? After being decommissioned in 1938, the Berengaria was sold for scrap in and was dismantled in Scotland between 1938 and 1946.
What was the tonnage of the Imperator/Berengaria? Answer: The Imperator had a tonnage of 52,117 gross tons. After being refitted by the Cunard Line, the Berengaria's tonnage increased to 52,226 gross tons.
What was the maximum speed of the Imperator/Berengaria? Answer: The Imperator had a maximum speed of 24 knots.
What was the entertainment like on the SS Imperator/RMS Berengaria? Answer: The SS Imperator/RMS Berengaria had a wide range of entertainment options, including music performances, theater shows, and other activities.
Did the SS Imperator/RMS Berengaria have any sister ships? Answer: Yes, the SS Imperator/RMS Berengaria had two sister ships, the SS Vaterland (later renamed the SS Leviathan) and the SS Bismarck (later renamed the RMS Majestic).
How did the SS Imperator/RMS Berengaria compare to other famous ocean liners of its time, such as the Titanic and the Lusitania? Answer: The SS Imperator/RMS Berengaria was considered one of the largest and most luxurious ocean liners of its time, but it did not have the same level of notoriety as the Titanic or the Lusitania, both of which were involved in tragic sinkings.
What was the RMS Berengaria named after? Answer: The Berengaria was named after the English Queen Berengaria of Navarre (1165-1230) which was a deviation from other traditional Cunard liners – most of whom were named after Roman territories, all also ending with an “ia” – Carpathia, Mauretania, Aquitania, Campania, Brittania as examples.
What was the SS Imperator named after? Answer: The SS Imperator was named after the Latin word for emperor, to pay homage to the Kaisers of Imperial Germany.
What was the name of the company that owned the SS Imperator/RMS Berengaria? Answer: The SS Imperator was built and operated by the Hamburg America Line (HAPAG) and the RMS Berengaria was owned by the Cunard Line, a British shipping company that operated a number of other famous ocean liners.
What were the dining options like on the SS Imperator/RMS Berengaria? Answer: The SS Imperator/RMS Berengaria had a number of dining options, including a grand dining room, cafés, and private dining rooms for first-class passengers.
What was the route of the SS Imperator/RMS Berengaria? Answer: The SS Imperator/RMS Berengaria primarily operated on the transatlantic route between Europe and North America.
What was the total number of lifeboats on the SS Imperator/RMS Berengaria? Answer: The SS Imperator/RMS Berengaria had a total of 83 lifeboats, which could accommodate all passengers and crew.
What was the length of the grand dining room on the SS Imperator/RMS Berengaria? Answer: The grand dining room on the SS Imperator/RMS Berengaria was over 200 feet (60 meters) long.
How big was the SS Imperator compared with the Titanic? Answer: The SS Imperator was larger than the Titanic in length, weight, and number of decks.
Was the SS Imperator/RMS Berengaria ever involved in any incidents? Answer: Yes, the ship was involved in multiple groundings. The first grounding was during the initial sea trials in the Elbe river, and a second time the ship grounded nearby Southampton. Both times the ship was not damaged.
Did the funnel height change? Answer: Yes, the three funnels were decreased by almost 10 feet to address the buoyancy imbalance the ship experienced from being too top-heavy. This caused the ship to roll excessively in even calm seas. In 1914, the interior was changed, with most heavy furniture being replaced by lightweight wicker, and other heavy interior stone finishes were removed as well. In the gallery page, look at the columns as they were originally marble but replaced with a lightweight metal design.
Was there ever a fire aboard the Imperator / Berengaria? Answer: Yes, towards the end of the ship’s career multiple electrical fires damaged the ship due to aging wiring.
What is a funnel? Answer: Those are the smokestacks on ships.