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1900-The Golden Age of the Transatlantic Steamship

While in search of a location for my first venture into writing an Edwardian cosy mystery, I discovered the extensive information given on the Atlantic Transport Line Website. Four sister ships, known as the ‘Minne’ class, were commissioned from Harland and Wolff in Belfast in 1898. The Minneapolis, Minnehaha, Minnetonka, and Minnewaska. At 600 feet long, the Minneapolis had the largest tonnage of any ship afloat [excepting the Oceanic] and were among the first vessels fitted for wireless telegraphy. She left New York in April 1900 with a complement of seventy eight first class only passengers and fifty five crew.

I chose the SS Minneapolis, which left New York in April 1900 on her maiden voyage - which technically made my novel a Victorian cosy!

The Illustrated London News May 1900

Everything on the Minneapolis is of the best quality, but as simple as possible. The walls of the saloon are in light oak with allegorical figures burnt in the woodwork; an exquisite frieze in the same …

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