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The first so called superliner, the RMS Servia was built in 1881 by J.&G, Thomson Limited of Glasgow, Scotland for the Cunard Steamship Line Shipping Company. The ship served for 20 years and then was sold to Thomas W. Ward scrap yard and towed to Preston for dismantling. She weighed in at 7,391 tons. She was 532 feet long and 52 feet wide. She had a single propeller driven steam engine and her service speed was 17 knots. She could carry 1,050 passengers. Split into classes (450 first class and 600 third class).
She was the first ship to carry the Royal Mail under contract and thus have the prestigious "Royal Mail Steamship" ship prefix.
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