The R.M.S. Aurania departed on her maiden voyage from Liverpool to Queenstown and New York on 23rd June 1883. She suffered an engine breakdown in mid Atlantic and arrived at New York on 4th July under sail and towed by three tugs, and then returned to Glasgow for repairs. She resumed service on 12th April 1884 and continued her contract voyages until 12th September 1899. After service during the Boer War, she resumed her trans-Atlantic service with 2nd and 3rd class passengers on 14th April 1903. Her last sailing on this route started on 29th September 1903 and she sailed from New York for Trieste on 20th October 1903. On 10th November 1903 she sailed from Trieste for Fiume, Naples and New York and commenced her third and last voyage on this service on 16th February 1904. She was scrapped at Genoa in 1905.