Tonnage
 
Year Ship Company Gross Tonnage
1838-1839 Great Western Great Western Steamship Co. 1,340
1839-1840 British Queen Br. & Am. Steam Navigation Co. 1,862
1840-1845 President Br. & Am. Steam Navigation Co. 2,366
1845-1854 Great Britain Great Western Steamship Co. 3,270
1854-1860 Himalaya P&O Lines 3,438
1860-1901 Great Eastern Great Steamship Co. 18,915
1901-1903 Celtic White Star Line 21,035
1903-1904 Cedric White Star Line 21,035
1904-1906 Baltic White Star Line 23,884
1906-1907 Kaiserin Auguste Victoria Hamburg-Amerika Line 24,581
1907 Lusitania Cunard Line 31,550
1907-1911 Mauretania Cunard Line 31,938
1911-1912 Olympic White Star Line 45,324
1912-1913 Titanic White Star Line 46,328
1913 Olympic * White Star Line 46,359
1913-1914 Imperator Hamburg-Amerika Line 52,226
1914-1922 Vaterland Hamburg-Amerika Line 54,282
1922-1935 Majestic White Star Line 56,551
1935-1940 Normandie ** Compagnie Générale Transatlantique 79,280
1940-1997 Queen Elizabeth Cunard White Star Line 83,673
1997 Destiny Carnival Cruise Line 101,353
1997-1999 Grand Princess Princess Cruises 109,000
1999-2000 Voyager of the Seas Royal Caribbean 137,276
2000-2004 Explorer of the Seas Royal Caribbean 137,308
2004-2006 Queen Mary 2 Cunard Line 148,528
2006-2008 Freedom of the Seas Royal Caribbean 154,407
2007-2008 Liberty of the Seas Royal Caribbean 154,407
2008- Independence of the Seas Royal Caribbean 160,000
 
 
Length
 
Year Ship Company Length Overall
1838-1839 Great Western Great Western Steamship Co. 212 feet   (64.8 m)
1839-1840 British Queen Br. & Am. Steam Navigation Co. 254 feet   (77.6 m)
1840-1845 President Br. & Am. Steam Navigation Co. 267 feet   (81.7 m)
1845-1854 Great Britain Great Western Steamship Co. 322 feet   (98.4 m)
1854-1860 Himalaya P&O Lines 373 feet (113.9 m)
1860-1899 Great Eastern Great Steamship Co. 689 feet (211.0 m)
1899-1904 Oceanic White Star Line 705 feet (215.3 m)
1904-1907 Baltic White Star Line 726 feet (221.7 m)
1907 Lusitania Cunard Line 787 feet (240.3 m)
1907-1911 Mauretania Cunard Line 790 feet (241.3 m)
1911-1912 Olympic White Star Line 883 feet (269.7 m)
1912-1913 Olympic/Titanic White Star Line 883 feet (269.7 m)
1913-1914 Imperator Hamburg-Amerika Line 919 feet (280.7 m)
1914-1922 Vaterland Hamburg-Amerika Line 950 feet (290.2 m)
1922-1935 Majestic White Star Line 955 feet (291.7 m)
1935-1940 Normandie Compagnie Générale Transatlantique 1,028 feet (314.0 m)
1940-1962 Queen Elizabeth Cunard White Star Line 1,031 feet (314.9 m)
1962-2004 France Compagnie Générale Transatlantique 1,035 feet (316.1 m)
2004- Queen Mary 2 Cunard Line 1,132 feet (345.0 m)
 

 
* After the Olympic's post-Titanic disaster refit, she actually surpassed the Titanic's 46,328 gross tons as she emerged with 46,359 gross tons before the Imperator entered service in June 1913. Thereby, she again became the largest ship ever built.

** The Queen Mary had a gross tonnage greater than the Normandie's original 79,280 tons, but before the Queen Mary entered service, the Normandie had her tonnage increased to 83,423 tons. Therefore, the 81,235-ton Queen Mary never was the largest ship in the world.
 
 
 
Daniel Othfors