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Imperator docking at New York

tugs asisting the German Liner Imperator dock at New York

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Great photo - 6 pushers, we would do that with two to push and two on wires these days. But they are lovely tugs to look at
 

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Then the largest liner in the world, that is her maiden voyage, her first docking at New York.
She has a horrendous list to starboard, the result of her tall funnels and the heavy furnishings, woodwork and marble in her public rooms high above the waterline.
Her funnels were shortened, the public rooms remodelled with lighter materials and cement was added to her bottom.
That helped somewhat, but she was always known as a tender ship.

Bruce C
 

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I don't think she's listing at all Bruce. The Bain collection at the US Library of Congress has a number of photos taken at the same occasion, which you'll find using the searchword "Imperator" at their website. Here's one of them:
http://memory.loc.gov/service/pnp/ggbain/13300/13363v.jpg.
Mind you, the top heavy bit is a historical fact, I would just like to point out that the horrible list you are observing is just the camera angle.
Here's the search page for the digitalized photos at the Library of Congress: http://lcweb2.loc.gov/pp/pphome.html Some good pictures there, searching for "ships" will get you a few hundred, although the good ones - and the ones in the public domain - seems to be mainly in the Bain collection, so starting there might be a good idea. (Other tastes than ships are also well served). Regards, Stein.
 

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She does actually have slight list to starboard. I have straightened up the image by aligning the perpendicular with the tower/steeple in the background


 

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Ok, I used a little poetic license.
Gotta spice things up once in a while.
Let's try "not quite a horrendous list".

A slap on the wrist
For exaggerating the list
My goodness I think I'm no good
I now promise to desist
Lest someone gets pissed
And calls me a name that's so rude

Bruce C
Having a little fun
 

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Bruce

I love your little bit of fun. Seriously however she initially had a stability problem that was corrected as you describe.

Fred
 

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If you make a poem every time Bruce, I'll make some kind of objection often.

With Bruce willing to give a little, I guess I'll be required to do so as well. But that I do not enjoy, so until I do, I would like to point out that the Imperator's funnel and masts were tilted backwards, and so not as well suited for comparison with the faint tower in the background as things clearly meant to be perpendicular. That said, it must also be said that even my linked photo does not completely disprove some slight list. Regards, Stein.
 

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