It was on 3rd February that the first engine trials were carried out and sailing day was set for Wedmesday 10th February. The ships would have to run without repairs for eleven months of the year.

In writing to Cammell Laird, Sir Percy said that he was not entirely confident that it could deal with such a large ship and that in particular they might not be able to move the ship into their fitting-out basin. Teleegraph Media Group. A combination of her speed, an uncharted shoal and underestimating the increase in the ship's draft due to the effect of squat led to the ship's hull scraping rocks on the ocean floor.

All that required to be done was drydocking in Japan. Retrieved 21 August