Builder's model of White Star Line's Oceanic (II). The ship was built by Harland and Wolff Ltd. in Belfast and embarked on her maiden voyage from Liverpool to New York on 6 September 1899. Following the outbreak of the First World War, Oceanic was one of the first merchant ships requistioned for service as an armed merchant cruiser. She was also the first British passenger ship to be lost in the war, not as a result of enemy action but rather a navigational error, causing her to run aground in the Shetlands on 8 September 1914.