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B2084 Ship model, steam passenger liner, "Deutschland," scale 1:96, in glass case on a table, made by A.W. Rogers, Newcastle New South Wales, Australia, c. 1912, and boxed medal 'Model Engineers,1913', won by Rogers for this model. Click to enlarge.

Ship model by A W Rogers from Australia

Made
  • 1913
This is a model of the SS Deutschland the world's fastest ship in 1913.The ship won the Blue Riband for the Atlantic crossing in 1902 from New York to Plymouth in 5 days 11 hours and 45 minutes at an average speed of 23.32 knots.

Summary

Object No.

B2084

Object Statement

Ship model, steam passenger liner, "Deutschland," scale 1:96, in glass case on a table, made by A.W. Rogers, Newcastle New South Wales, Australia, c. 1912, and boxed medal 'Model Engineers,1913', won by Rogers for this model

Physical Description

Ship model, steam passenger liner, "Deutschland," scale 1:96, in glass case on a table, made by A.W. Rogers, Newcastle New South Wales, Australia, c. 1912, and boxed medal "Model Engineers,1913", won by Rogers for this model.
Details include deck rails and companionways, bollards and cleats, navigation lights, four funnels with safety valve extension pipes, forward funnel with steam whistle, twenty-two covered ship's boats, davits and ventilators. Twin screws with four bladed propellers.

Box for medal, red with blue linings.

Dimensions

Height

800 mm

Width

400 mm

Production

Made

  • 1913

Notes

Model made by Mr. A. W. Rogers, who won the "Model Engineers" medal in 1913 for this model.

History

Notes

The SS Deutschland was a passenger liner owned by the Hamburg-Amerika Line of Germany. She was launched in 1900, with accomodation for 2050 passengers in first, second, and third classes. On her return to Plymouth across the Atlantic after her maiden voyage to New York, she won the Blue Riband from the SS Kaiser Wilhelm der Grosse . The Deutschland was the first and only 4 stacker built for the Holland-Amerika Line. She was indeed a fast ship but this came at the expense of passenger comfort. Her engines were so powerful that they caused severe vibrations in her passenger accomodations, which made her unpopular with passengers, to such a degree that the ship was nicknamed 'The Cocktail Shaker '.

In March 1902 she was carrying Prince Henry, the brother of the Kaiser, back from the US. He wanted to send wireless messages but was prevented from so doing by a dispute between the Marconi system and the Slaby-d'Arco wireless system as used on the ship. This incident became one of the most important moments in the early history of wireless transmission as Marconi refused to accept messages from ships operating radio equipment other than theirs, except in cases of emergency.

In 1910 Hamburg-Amerika withdrew the Deutschland from transatlantic service, and converted her to a dedicated cruise ship, taking 500 first class passengers. The ship was renamed SS Viktoria Luise. Because of her still troublesome engines the Viktoria Luise was not used by the German government in WW1. In 1921 she was pressed into emigrant service to the US and renamed Hansa. She was finally sold for scrap in 1925.

Source

Credit Line

Gift of Rogers family, 1973

Acquisition Date

25 October 1973

Cite this Object

Harvard

Ship model by A W Rogers from Australia 2021, Museum of Applied Arts & Sciences, accessed 9 February 2023, <https://ma.as/210643>

Wikipedia

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