The Marjorie-class Ocean Liner is the result of a request for proposal by the Ligne Impériale Transatlantique for a cruise liner, that is not equipped with computer equipment. This interesting request but the engineers of Yard 15 in front of a few challenges, but they managed to push through with their determination.
The Marjorie-class Ocean Liner is a 30,500 tons heavy ocean liner, a monohull-design 215.5 metres in length, with a beam of 24.1 metres and a draught of 12.5 metres. With its ten decks, this vessel can carry up to 2,000 passengers comfortably and is crewed by 1,024 sailors and men, including the staff not responsible for the ship's functions. Constructed with all modern bells and whistles, like a bulbous bow, the Marjorie-class Ocean Liner has one very unique feature: It's complete lack of computerized equipment, navigation being done on a fully analog bridge.
That does not mean, however, that the vessel lacks electronics: From electrical motors in the cranes lowering the lifeboats to electrical light and radio, there are a wide variety of ship's systems, which are electrically powered, but more about that below.
This lack of computerized equipment also includes the complete lack of a navigation radar, replaced by a radio beacon telling of this lack of radar. We still recommend careful navigating.
The Marjorie-class Ocean Liner is driven by three Gas Turbines, or to be more precise, three turboshaft engines, highly reliable and relatively small engines, which allow for a sustained high power output, their power shafts connected to turbo-electric generators, which transform their mechanical power into electrical power. This is where the power for lights and other systems aboard is generated, but most of that power, around 100,000 Kilowatts, is used to power the two shafts of the vessel and the five-bladed rigid propellers.
This allows for a maximum speed of 35 knots, or 64.8 kilometres per hour, but the most economic cruise speed is around 18 knots or 33.3 kilometres per hour.
The exhaust of the three turbines is channelled through an three smokestacks after being filtered of their carbon-dioxides and carbon-monoxides. These filters need to cleaned or replaced regularly.
The Marjorie-class Ocean Liner has a total passenger capacity of 2,000 passengers, with enough lifeboats for those plus the crew plus five-hundred more people. Of a total of ten decks, seven are accessible to the passengers, four of which are pure passenger decks: Passenger Decks A, B, C and D.
Of those, Passenger Decks C and D house the majority of the passengers, as they are the Third Class Decks, for a total of 1,000 people, housed in small cabins and with little amenities, they are third-class after all. Their bathrooms and eating facilities are found in the steerage between Passenger Decks D and C, around the waterline.
2nd Class Passenger, there are accomodations for around 450 of them, live more comfortably, with their own bathrooms and an own restaurant. Their staterooms have design elements of Art Deco in them, unlike the very functional Third Class Rooms. The Second Class also has access to two gyms on their deck for the excercise necessary in enclosed spaces. The larger of the two gyms also includes a boxing ring and stands.
The Promenade Deck is accessible to all passengers, entertaining with three prayer rooms, grand vistas over the starboard and port sides of the Marjorie-class Ocean Liner, especially from the bow, a large winter garden aft, inviting people to stroll through it in all weather conditions, and theatre for movies and shows. A pair of smoking rooms with libraries is part of the Promenade Deck as well.
The decks above and including the Promenade Deck are part of the Superstructure, ensuring, that the vistas only get better.
This is of special import for the 550 First Class Passengers, which live in uniquely Art Deco designed and arranged staterooms during their trip, on Passenger Deck A. Several smoking rooms with their own libraries and three Gymnasiums ensure, that the First Class Passengers have a lot of entertainment and excercise. One of the gymnasiums is actually not a Gymnasium but a public swimming pool with two attached sauna rooms.
The Bridge Deck, with the bridge and other important technical facilities, is only partial accessable for passengers, but it entertains with a ball room useable as a first class dining room for the Captain's Dinner, as well as a third winter garden and an elegant casino, which can be equipped as the customer wishes.
Last, but not least, is the Sun Deck, the highest deck, which offers the grandest of vistas accessable to passengers (we do not recommend untrained passengers to climb one of the smokestacks), and an outdoor dining area for willing passengers, as well as two seperated areas for sunbathing.
Plans to establish a tennis court up there had been abandoned due to the need for balls.
When the Ligne Impériale Transatlantique approached SDY with the request for proposals for the Marjorie-class Ocean Liner, SDY was in a bit of a pickle: SDY was founded in 1983, had little experience with analog shipbuilding, let alone Art Deco.
It was at that point, that the Forelady of Yard 15, and the one responsible for the project, approached Rón Cruise Lines for the plans of the Screamh. This ocean liner from 1935 had been one of the best of its time, albeit smaller then what Ligne Impériale Transatlantique had in mind.
Still, the ocean liner proved to be a valuable point of reference for SDY's engineers, who enlargened the design, modernized it where appropriate and filled it with all the accomodations requested. The resulting design was the Marjorie-class Ocean Liner.