1903 – 1909 / Also known as Republic (II) / Launched for the Dominion Line, the Columbus was soon transferred to White Star and was renamed Republic. She became the world’s greatest ship-loss thus far, when she sank after a collision with the Italian ship Florida.
1906 – 1931 / Also known as Empress of Scotland (I) / Entering service as the largest ship in the world, the Kaiserin Auguste Victoria focused on size and comfort rather than speed. Sailing in HAPAG livery for eight years, the ship was transferred to Canadian-Pacific after World War I but was done in by fire in late 1930.
1907 – 1934 / The final ship of White Star’s ‘Big Four’, the Adriatic was actually the first ship to be both longer and larger than the fabled Great Eastern. Serving with distinction through the first world war, she was later relegated to less prestigious routes and finally sent to the breakers in Japan.