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RMS Acadia - 1920's Ocean Liner - Real life build

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Way back when (around 2010) I designed this ship as a standalone piece for my desk. I spent about $120 USD on Pick A Brick from the online LEGO shop & from 3 Bricklink sellers. (I later found I could have saved a bunch of money by going through Bricklink alone.) The model is in micro scale, is about 2 feet long.


Here we see the ship in a side profile. The mini-figure standing on the side is the Captain Edgar Danforth Fuller (or E.D. Fuller for short) We can also see the Grand Staircase's glass dome, which is between funnels two and three.

Fictional Background:

The RMS Acadia was designed in 1913, but World War One prevented it's construction by Steele & Sons Shipbuilders to start until 1919. The ship was modified from it's original design to burn oil, and was completed in February 1921. The ship could hold 3280 people total, with 1140 being Crew, with 270 being First class, 530 in Second class, and 1340 being the steerage, or Third class. The ship sailed it's maiden voyage in July 1921 from Southampton to New York City. The ship was English, and as such, was immune to American law of Prohibition. The ship took off-season sailings (informally known as Liquor Cruises) around the Atlantic, returning to the port of origin within a couple days. The ship managed to hold a steady service record, and remained relatively full-up until the Great Depression really took hold in 1931. The ship's owners, the Red Star Line, managed to stay financially afloat long enough to get the ship through the worst of the Depression, until the ship was requested by the English Navy as a troop ship in late 1939 for use in World War Two.

The Acadia's fancy woodwork was put in storage and the ship was turned into a troop ship relatively quickly. The ship was strafed several times by enemy aircraft during the war, and narrowly missed being torpedoed in 1943, but it survived the war not too much worse for wear. When it was handed back over to Red Star Line, it was given a complete overhaul mechanically and eclectically. The whole ship was rewired, and the oil burning engines converted to diesel. The Acadia's woodwork was painstakingly restored to it's original grandeur, and she was ready for for sailing by 1948, almost a year after being handed back to it's original owners.

In thew early '50's the ship began sailing luxury cruises to the Mediterranean from England and the United States, in addition to it's usual scheduled Atlantic crossings. The ship began showing it's age by the late 1960's, when it's original glass dome began to leak badly. A handful of cracks in the reinforced glass caused the ship to be dry-docked, but before it could be fixed the huge dome collapsed in on itself, causing the grand staircase to be heavily damaged. Luckily, the accident happened in the middle of the night, and no one was on board at the time to get hurt by all that broken glass. The ships' dome was replaced, but only because the ship's owners knew of it's heritage and couldn't bear to see the old girl scrapped. (Not to mention it would have cost more to scrap the ship than fix the dome) By 1975, she was last four-stack ship in existence, and the owners were planning the Acadia's 55th Birthday for the next year.

The Acadia celebrated July 1st, 1976 as her fifty-fifth birthday, and as part of the celebrations she was given to a preservation group dedicated to keeping the ship sailing as an "ambassador of history", as a peek into the way things were and how the men and women visiting and working on the Acadia went about their lives through each period of this ships stoic history. Many former passengers and crew detailed their experiences on the ship in writing or on film for the beginning of what later became known as The Acadia Living History Museum. Today, the ship features a feature-length film that chronicles the story of the ship and it's many passengers and crew through out the ships commercial and wartime lives. The film is shown in the Second Class movie theater, built into the ship in 1947 after World War Two, flowing seamlessly into the 1920's flavor of the ship. The ship still sails, making stops in New York and London (substituted for Southampton) at least twice a year.


The ship from a top-down view. This is Captain Fuller's suit, in case any one wants to know: http://www.bricklink...?P=973pb0294c01

Fictional Statistics:

Ship Name: RMS Acadia

Ship Type: Atlantic Class Passenger Liner

Owner: Red Star Line

Ship Built: 1919 – 1921

Capacity: 2140 passengers, 1140 crew (3280 persons total)

Lifeboats: 44 boats with

75 people per boat (3300 people total capacity)

Builder: Steele & Sons Shipbuilders

Propulsion: 24 Boilers, 3 turbines, 3 steel propellers

Top Speed: 28.5 Knots

Fuel: Diesel (originally Oil)


The bridge shown here is in mini-figure scale. It is supposed to be a sized-up version of the one on the actual ship model seen in the other pictures. I haven't built this part of the model in real life yet.

Th Acadia's bridge features:

-the Ships wheel

-dual nautical telegraphs, (those things with the paddles on them near the wheel)

-large table with lamp for studying charts and messages

-a radar screen (added to the ship in 1947)


This is the logo of the Red Star line, original owner of the RMS Acadia ocean liner.

LDD file for the ship and the bridge: http://www.mocpages....1425498813m.lxf


I made the back-story up while posting this model to MOCPages. It is a 100% work of fiction. Any relation to persons, living or dead, is pure coincidence, while most of the events are true. World War One & Two did happen, and some ships were requisitioned for the English Navy as either troop ships (such as the RMS Queen Mary, which was a troop ship during World War Two) or hospital ships. The ship and even the name Acadia is something I made up.

Comments, Questions, & complaints welcome!

Edited by Murdoch17

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Great ship! I like the glass dome :thumbup:

Thank you! Actually, that dome is cracking in a lot of places after 4 years of being in one spot. It has cracks all around it's edge, just like some of the jumpers on the lifeboats that are barely held together. Curiously, the newer jumpers with the grooves on the bottom are not breaking, while most of the non-grooved ones are!

EDIT: Typo correction

Edited by Murdoch17

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