The Evolution of Size

Through the ages, ships have evolved greatly in terms of size and design. We have put together this comparison chart to give you a general idea of how ships of old and new differ from eachother.

Great Western

Completed in 1838 for the Great Western Railway Co.
1,340 gross tons – 212 feet long.

Great Britain

Completed in 1845 for the Great Western Railway Co.
3,270 gross tons – 322 feet long.

Great Eastern

Completed in 1860 for the Great Steamship Co.
18,915 gross tons – 689 feet long.

City of Paris

Completed in 1889 for the Inman & International Line.
10,499 gross tons – 560 feet long.

Kaiser Wilhelm der Grosse

Completed in 1897 for Norddeutscher Lloyd.
14,349 gross tons – 655 feet long.


Completed in 1907 for the Cunard Line.
31,938 gross tons – 790 feet long.


Completed in 1911 for the White Star Line.
45,324 gross tons – 883 feet long.


Completed in 1922 for the White Star Line.
56,551 gross tons – 956 feet long.


Completed in 1929 for Norddeutscher Lloyd.
51,656 gross tons – 938 feet long.


Completed in 1935 for Compagnie Générale Transatlantique.
79,280 gross tons – 1,028 feet long.

Queen Mary

Completed in 1936 for the Cunard White Star Line.
81,235 gross tons – 1,018 feet long.

United States

Completed in 1952 for the United States Lines.
53,329 gross tons – 990 feet long.


Completed in 1962 for Compagnie Générale Transatlantique.
66,348 gross tons – 1,035 feet long.

Voyager of the Seas

Completed in 1999 for the Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines.
137,276 gross tons – 1,019 feet long.

Queen Mary 2

Completed in 2004 for the Cunard Line.
148,528 gross tons – 1,132 feet long.

Independence of the Seas

Completed in 2008 for the Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines.
154,407 gross tons – 1,112 feet long.

Icon of the Seas

Completed in 2024 for the Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines.
248,663 gross tons – 1,197 feet long.

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