RMS Baltic (1903)

RMS Baltic (1903)

The RMS "Baltic" was the second ship of that name belonging to the White Star Line. At 23,876 gross tons, she was the largest ship in the world until 1905. She was the third of a quartet of ships, all measuring over 20,000 gross tons, dubbed The Big Four (the other three being RMS|Celtic|1901|2, RMS|Cedric|3=2, and RMS|Adriatic|1907|2).

She was launched on 21 November 1903 by Harland and Wolff at Belfast and sailed from Liverpool on her maiden voyage to New York on 29 June1904 with Captain Edward Smith in command.

On 23 January 1909 (commanded by J.B. Ranson) she rescued survivors of the collision in fog between the White Star Line's RMS|Republic|1903|6 and the SS|Florida off the north eastern coast of the U.S., after which "Republic" sank.

In April 1912 the "Baltic" sent ice warnings to the RMS|Titanic before that ship sank.

She was also involved in a rescue on 6 December 1929, when she assisted the sinking schooner "Northern Light".

On February 17 1933, she sailed for Osaka, Japan where she was scrapped.

External links

* http://www.greatships.net/baltic.html
* http://www.greatoceanliners.net/baltic2.html

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