Sons' Blue Anchor line, London to Australia, has (says the "Shipping Gazette)
been delivered to the owners after a successful trial trip was achieved on the Firth of Clyde, during which a speed of 15 knots was maintained throughout an extended trial. The new steamer, which leaves on her maiden voyage from London on November 5 with a full complement of passengers and cargo, is a vessel of 9400 tons gross register, carrying a dead weight of 10 000 tons, and her speed on service will be 13 knots. Accommodation for 100 first class passengers is provided, and in the 'tween decks and aft there is accommodation for 600 third class passengers. The whole of the forward end of the vessel is insulated for the carriage of frozen produce from Australia.
From this article it is clear that in addition to the spar deck, 'tween decks were deployed for the carriage of emigrants, allowing for the whopping number of 689 on the maiden voyage.