Name: RMS AtlasOwner: Helius LinesPurpose: Ocean LinerOrdered: 26 June 1932Laid down: 30 August 1932Launched: 12 April 1936Completed: 31 July 1936Maiden voyage: 10 August 1936In service: 1936General Characteristics
Tonnage: 83,537 GRTLength: 1,031.2 ft (314.3 m)Beam: 119.5 ft ft (36 m)Decks: 12 (2 crew deck)Installed power: 160,000 hp (120 MW) driving four propellersPropulsion: Four bronze quadruple-blade wing propellersSpeed: 28.5 knots, 32 knots (maximum)Capacity: 2,156 passengers (780 first class, 722 second class, 654 third class)Crew: 1,120
The Atlas was an ocean liner built by Hunterson Shipbuilding and Engineering Company for the Helius Line, a newly formed shipping company which was the result of the merging of several shipping companies that nearly went into bankruptcy after the Great Depression. The RMS Atlas was built as a response to the demand of bigger and better ships which will carter to more upper-class tourists, and also not to loose competition with the company's main competitor, Cunard-White Star, and the Compagnie Générale Transatlantique (French Line) from France, both which had announced their plans to build their own superliner that will surpass anything the world has seen before.
Entering service in 1936, the Atlas soon became a crowd favourite. Her unique design brought many praise and not a little amount of criticism, but nontheless, the ocean liner was a commercial success. Her luxurious interiors were decorated in Art Deco, with hints of Streamline Moderne and classic elements. Like the Normandie, the Atlas' voluminous public spaces were achieved by splitting the funnel intakes to the sides of the ship instead if straight upward.
Both first and second class public spaces were given priority in terms of volume and decor. First class dining room was the largest space inside the ship, being two decks high, complete with a balcony, and topped with a dome that stretched upwards for additional two decks. First and second class entrance foyers were both at least three decks in height, complete with their own lounge and lavish reception areas.
First class cabins and suites were individually decorated by select artists, giving their own unique feel. The most luxurious first class suites onboard were the two Palatial Suites, one for each sides, featuring dining rooms, sitting parlors, multiple bedrooms, and their own private promenade. First class passengers also enjoyed two swimming pools, one indoor and one heated outdoor pool, a feature which was favored by many of its passengers, complete with a turkish bath complex for the indoor pool. Passengers would also enjoy many dining options besides the dining room, being the Promenade Lounge, Grill Bar, and the Verandah Cafe for first class, Apollo Restaurant and Verandah Bar for second class. The Atlas was also equipped with winter gardens, theaters, libraries, chapels, children's nursery, and beauty salons for all three classes, a music studio, a lecture hall, telephone connectivity to everywhere in the world, and outdoor tennis courts, with gymnasiums to keep her passengers entertained during the journey.
During her service as the flagship of the Helius, she made 143 crossings for westbound and eastbound journeys. She was soon joined by her sisterhip, the RMS Atlantis, which was slightly longer and larger than the Atlas, and being more streamlined in design. Though she was never intended to compete with the Normandie (French Line) and Queen Mary (Cunard-White Star) as the fastest liner westbound, the Atlas won the Blue Ribband once in her New York-Southampton sailing in April 1937. The trophy was subsequently recaptured by the Normandie and Queen Mary simultaneously by the following months, until the beginning of the Second World War, where the Atlas' commercial services was put on hold.
WIP 1:Finished her hull and half of her super structure.
WIP 2: Added the railings and promenade deck. Finalized what would be her bow. WIP 3: Revised her hull shape and superstructure. Added the 'plate lines' and the Second Class Enclosed Promenade windows.WIP 4: Added the windows on the Promenade Deck(A Deck), B Deck, and C Deck. Extended the aft of C Deck slightly. Modified the lower Second Class Promenade. Added the general structure of the Boat Deck, Bridge, and bits of the Sun Deck. Modified the fore portion of the B Deck.WIP 5: Added lifeboats, added stairs, removed the portholes on B Deck for future editing, added some railings on the B Deck bow section, remodeled the 'Docking Bridge' on the aft section of the B Deck, modified the Second Class Promenade windows on B Deck as well as remodeled the windows for the Promenade Cafe on the same deck, changed the Third Class Promenade windows on C Deck and added doors on the area, remodeled the First Class cabin windows on C Deck and re-positioned the doors to slightly fore, and added some prototype portholes on D and E Decks.
WIP 6: Added the Boat Deck structures. Added the B Deck portholes. Modified the window size on C Deck, B Deck Promenade Cafe, and the Third Class Enclosed Promenade on C Deck. Modified the forward and aft A Deck Promenade design. Completed the Bridge area. Added the Boat Deck restaurants on the aft section. Added 'coverings' for the lifeboats and removed the last lifeboat on the stern.
WIP 7: Added the Sports and Sun Deck. Revised the B and C Deck portholes and windows. Modified the bow section slightly. Added masts. Remodelled the Boat and Sports Deck restaurants on the aft section. Added the ship's funnels. Remodelled the shape of the stern's enclosed docking area.
WIP 8: Revised forward and aft superstructure design. Modified Promenade windows as well as stern section of the Sun and Sports Deck. Changes to funnel colors and added bits of machinery and railings on the 'roof' deck. Changed window and door arrangement on aft B and C deck. Added concept portholes on D Deck.
WIP 9: Revised the shape of bow and stern. Re-modified Promenade Deck structure. Raised the black hull paint a few pixels up to give the ship a 'fuller' look. Added portholes for First Class Dining Hall, Foyer, and cabins; Cabin Class Foyer and Dining Hall; and Tourist Class Dining Hall as well as some more doors. Added propellers. Modified funnel colors.
WIP 10: Finished portholes on hull. Added mooring bollards on bow. Added the ship's name. Added more windows on Sun Deck. Added windows on rear Promenade Deck. Added flag masts on bow and stern. Added basic wiring through the masts and funnels.WIP 11: Removed lifeboats and davits for editing. Added windows, doors, stairs, and ventilation slats on Boat Deck. Rearranged rigging between masts and funnels. Added anchor. Modified Sun Deck height and window arrangement.WIP 12 (Final): Finalized riggings. Completed some detail working. Added deck lights for Boat and Sun Decks. Reinstalled the lifeboats and Boat Deck railings. Revised window placement on B Deck, including modifying Private Promenade Suites and Family Suites placement. Recolored the masts for a lighter hue. Fixed bilge keel design.
I finally finished this project after so long. I've always wanted to draw my own fictional ocean liner for so long, and there she is. ^^ Truth to be told, she looked a bit different from what I've imagined her years ago, but I'm very satisfied with the outcome. Thanks to all who had watched and favorited the RMS Atlas' progress through my WIPs. Really appreciated.