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McGEOCH LIGHTS UP THE CITY OF PARIS

Published 4th March 2021 The ‘SS City of Paris’ was launched in October 1888 and from 1889 to 1891 and again from 1892 to 1893 held the Blue Riband as the fastest ship on the north Atlantic route. William McGeoch’s son, Andrew, was responsible for bringing in the historic contract to supply electric lighting fittings for the ship which was built at the Thomson Yard in Clydebank. A   sister   ship   of   the   ’SS   City   of   New York’   and   a   rival   of   the White   Star   Line’s   ‘Teutonic’   and   ‘Majestic’ ,   she   proved   to   be   quicker   than   Cunard’s   Campania’   and   Lucania’   twin- screw   express   liners   launched   in   1892.   In   1893,   she   was   renamed   ‘Paris’   and   transferred   to   US   registry   when   the   Inman   Line   was   merged   into   the   American   Line.   She and   her   sister were   paired with   the   new American   built   ‘St   Louis’   and   ‘St   Paul’   to   form   one   of   the   premier Atlantic   services,   known   as   the   ‘big   four’.   She   served with   the   US Navy in both the Spanish-American War and World War One after which she returned to commercial service until 1920 and was eventually scrapped in 1923. There was an interesting note about the ship published in the September 1889 edition of ‘Ocean: Magazine of Travel’ … “…   This   peerless   greyhound   heads   the   list   for   August   1889   with   5   days,   19   hours   and   18   minutes   to   cross   the   Atlantic,   Captain   Watkins   having   made   the   run   of   2,788   miles   from Queenstown to New York, thereby creating a new record and beating her previous trip by 3 hours, and 49 minutes. The daily runs as per the Captain’s log were as follows: August 23rd: 432 miles - 24th: 493 miles - 25th: 502 miles - 26th: 506 miles - 27th: 509 miles - 28th: 346 miles. Total: 2,788 miles. Captain   Watkins   has   great   confidence   in   his   steamship   and   is   of   the   opinion   that   she   hasn't   done   her   best   yet.   He   fully   expects   to   break   the   record   before   the   present   season   will   have terminated…” The   archive   photographs   below   show   various   areas   of   the   ‘SS   City   of   Paris’,   all   of   them   illuminated   by   electric   light   fittings   designed   and   manufactured   by   William McGeoch & Co. Click images to view
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McGEOCH LIGHTS UP THE

CITY OF PARIS

Published 4th March 2021 The ‘SS City of Paris’ was launched in October 1888 and from 1889 to 1891 and again from 1892 to 1893 held the Blue Riband as the fastest ship on the north Atlantic route. William McGeoch’s son, Andrew, was responsible for bringing in the historic contract to supply electric lighting fittings for the ship which was built at the Thomson Yard in Clydebank. A   sister   ship   of   the   ’SS   City   of   New York’   and   a   rival   of   the White Star   Line’s   ‘Teutonic’   and   ‘Majestic’ ,   she   proved   to   be   quicker than    Cunard’s    Campania’    and    Lucania’    twin-screw    express liners   launched   in   1892.   In   1893,   she   was   renamed   ‘Paris’   and transferred   to   US   registry   when   the   Inman   Line   was   merged into   the American   Line.   She   and   her   sister were   paired with   the new   American   built   ‘St   Louis’   and   ‘St   Paul’   to   form   one   of   the premier   Atlantic   services,   known   as   the   ‘big   four’.   She   served with    the    US    Navy    in    both    the    Spanish-American    War    and World    War    One    after    which    she    returned    to    commercial service until 1920 and was eventually scrapped in 1923. There   was   an   interesting   note   about   the   ship   published   in   the September 1889 edition of ‘Ocean: Magazine of Travel’ “…   This   peerless   greyhound   heads   the   list   for   August   1889   with   5 days,   19   hours   and   18   minutes   to   cross   the   Atlantic,   Captain   Watkins having   made   the   run   of   2,788   miles   from   Queenstown   to   New   York, thereby   creating   a   new   record   and   beating   her   previous   trip   by   3 hours, and 49 minutes. The   daily   runs   as   per   the   Captain’s   log   were   as   follows: August   23rd: 432   miles   -   24th:   493   miles   -   25th:   502   miles   -   26th:   506   miles   -   27th: 509 miles - 28th: 346 miles. Total: 2,788 miles. Captain   Watkins   has   great   confidence   in   his   steamship   and   is   of   the opinion   that   she   hasn't   done   her   best   yet.   He   fully   expects   to   break the record before the present season will have terminated…” The   archive   photographs   below   show   various   areas   of   the   ‘SS City   of   Paris’,   all   of   them   illuminated   by   electric   light   fittings designed and manufactured by William McGeoch & Co. Click images to view Tel: +44 (0) 121 687 5850 Fax: +44 (0) 121 333 3089 Email: sales@mcgeoch.co.uk
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