Columbus BrochureItem Number: 59005 Sold
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Intriguingly, the Germans could have been the first with a two-ship weekly service. NDL’s Bremen and Europa were fast enough to do the round trip like the Queen Mary and Queen Elizabeth; however, they had to go on to Germany after a stop in the UK. Because of this, a third ship was needed to maintain that weekly service. Columbus was the only ship in the fleet that could have been considered. However, her pre-war reciprocating engines were only marginally capable of 18 knots, a slow speed that plagued her and her near sister Homeric as well. NDL took the ambitious step of re-engining her with geared turbines and kicked her up to 20 knots. This allowed her to keep pace and achieve a three-ship weekly time table from Germany.
This brochure dates to April, 1931, and runs 16 pages with most sporting full-page images. These would scan well. By the time this brochure appeared, the Columbus had been re-engined, and this touts her new features in English. Lavishly produced with glossy pages and nice double end papers.