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100 Imperator
 

Foundations of America

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The imperator was Launched in 1912, at that time it was the largest passenger ship in the world.  Her weight was about fifty-one thousand, six hundred and eighty gross tons. Houdini sailed America from Europe, aboard the Imperato in 1914. In 1910, her first plates were laid at the Vulcan Shipyards in Hamburg, Germany, and made her maiden voyage in 1913. On board during her maiden voyage to United Stated, were four thousand, nine hundred and eighty-six passengers.The ship returned to Europe from Hoboken, New Jersey June 1913.

On her initial sea trials, the ship ran aground on the Elbe river in Germany due to insufficient dredging and a flash fire in the engine room, as a result, the crew men were sent to the hospital to be cared for.She also suffered overheating of the turbines and some instability issues during her official trials.

She was commissioned as USS(ID-4080) in early May 1919. It became the major transportation used to return troops, nurses, and civilians from Europe to the United States during World War I.

In 1920, the ship left New York and took nine days to reach Southampton, United States. During this voyage, Imperator developed a severe list which was found to be caused by a faulty ash ejector. It was decided that the ship was in need of a major overhaul and was withdrawn from service.

Towards the end of her service life, she suffered several electrical fires caused by aging wiring, she retired in 1938. Her final demolition took place in 1946.

On Board the liner imperator, one of the passangers Houdini met was Theodore Roosevelt, he also met other celebrities, like Charlie Chaplin, Sarah Bernhardt as mentioned in the book Ragtime.

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http://www.examiner.com/ny-in-new-york/houdini-and-theodore-roosevelt-aboard-the-imperator-june-23-1914-photo

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http://www.flickr.com/photos/skirballculturalcenter/5979914678/

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/SS_Imperator

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