Her obsolete appearance (for 1929) stems from the fact that her design dated a good fifteen years before her Maiden Voyage. Delays in her keel laying, changing trade tastes, delayed her launch until 1924. So much time had elapsed in her build, that installed turbines were more modern than those originally planned. Her profile was an almost identical match to the 1912 BELGENLAND.
Hi William, you're correct concerning the long delay this ship endured before she finally entered service. I always thought she bore a striking resemblance to the Belgenland as well. But I've also noticed she had an even great resemblance to the earlier Statendam II, which became the troopship Justicia. The only real difference is the earlier ship had a counter stern, and was larger in size. However, the early Harland and Wolff builds, particularly among the intermediate size liners, are always pretty easy to recognize because their superstructures were so much alike.