1888 Like many of these vessels, it started out as something else: the City of Paris. Twice it held the Blue Riband, the award given to the ship that crossed the Atlantic swifter than any others.

Of course, it was noted for its luxuries, which “included hot and cold water, electric ventilation, and electric lighting. First class public rooms, such as the library and smoking room, were fitted with walnut panels and the dining salon had a massive dome that provided a natural light to the passengers.” As did the main saloon, it seems.

It carried 1740 passengers, and was also known as the Yale and the Harrisburg. Towards the end of its life it was strictly second- and third-class, which seems a bit odd; don’t you have to have a first class to have a second? Wouldn’t second be first?

Scrapped in the early 20s.