The Evolution of Size
 
Through the ages, ships have evolved greatly both concerning their 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 Bremen
Great Britain Normandie
Great Eastern Queen Mary
City of Paris United States
Kaiser Wilhelm der Grosse France
Mauretania Voyager of the Seas
Olympic Queen Mary 2
Majestic Independence of the Seas
 

1. Great Western  
Completed in 1838 for the Great Western Railway Co.  
1,340 gross tons - 212 feet long
    9. Bremen  
Completed in 1929 for Norddeutscher Lloyd.  
51,656 gross tons - 938 feet long. 
2. Great Britain  
Completed in 1845 for the Great Western Railway Co.  
3,270 gross tons - 322 feet long
    10. Normandie  
Completed in 1935 for Compagnie Générale Transatlantique.  
79,280 gross tons - 1,028 feet long
3. Great Eastern  
Completed in 1860 for the Great Steamship Co.  
18,915 gross tons - 689 feet long 
    11. Queen Mary 
Completed in 1936 for the Cunard White Star Line. 
81,235 gross tons - 1,018 feet long 
4. City of Paris  
Completed in 1889 for the Inman & International Line.  
10,499 gross tons - 560 feet long
    12. United States 
Completed in 1952 for the United States Lines. 
53,329 gross tons - 990 feet long 
5. Kaiser Wilhelm der Grosse  
Completed in 1897 for Norddeutscher Lloyd.  
14,349 gross tons - 655 feet long 
    13. France 
Completed in 1962 for Compagnie Générale Transatlantique. 
66,348 gross tons - 1,035 feet long
6. Mauretania  
Completed in 1907 for the Cunard Line.  
31,938 gross tons - 790 feet long 
14. Voyager of the Seas 
Completed in 1999 for the Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines. 
137,276 gross tons - 1,019 feet long
7. Olympic  
Completed in 1911 for the White Star Line.  
45,324 gross tons - 883 feet long. 
  15. Queen Mary 2
Completed in 2004 for the Cunard Line.
148,528 gross tons - 1,132 feet long
8. Majestic  
Completed in 1922 for the White Star Line.  
56,551 gross tons - 956 feet long 
    16. Independence of the Seas
Completed in 2008 for the Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines.
160,000 gross tons - 1,112 feet long