R.M.S. Berengaria

The Cunard White Star liner R.M.S. Berengaria (the former S.S. Imperator) was equipped with a Baird mechanical scanning TV station.

Length: 919 feet (280.7 m)
Beam: 98 feet (29.9 m)
Tonnage: 52,226 gross tons
Machinery: Steam turbines powering four propellers.
Service speed: 23 knots
Passengers: 4,594 people

Radio station: On 7th March 1928, trials were conducted of a superior ship to shore broadcast system using the mechanical scanning TV system (M.S.T.V.). While the system worked, the picture quality was so poor that facial details were virtually unrecognisable.

Location: Trials were conducted with the liner sailing between Southampton - Cherbourg - New York. Passengers used the system to talk and see relatives on land.


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