Here she is again. Unfortunately, not many photos show her in full glory (like this one does). I have always wondered why they couldn’t find a bigger room. It’s nearly impossible to get a good look or a decent shot.

*Oseberg, a 9th-century burial ship, at the Viking Ship Museum in Oslo, Norway. Photograph by Kim Walker, Robert Harding/Corbis


Augusta Victoria, placed in service in 1889 and named for Empress Augusta Victoria, wife of German Emperor Wilhelm II, was the name ship of the Augusta Victoria series and the first of a new generation of luxury Hamburg America Line ocean liners. She was the first European liner with twin propellers and when first placed in service, the fastest liner in the Atlantic trade. She was also the first luxury liner at Hamburg America, introducing the concept of the “floating hotel”; she had a rococo stairhall, illuminated by a milky way of pear-shaped prisms and naked light bulbs clutched by gilded cherubs, a reception court choked by palm trees and a dark and gothic smoking room. In 1897 she was rebuilt and lengthened and in 1904 she was sold to the Imperial Russian Navy, which renamed her Kuban.