The steamship Atlantic (1871) was built for the White Star Line, as part of a class of sisters. She was the second one after the Oceanic (1870). Following Oceanic and Atlantic were the Baltic (1871) and the Republic (1871). Following these would be the Adriatic (1871) and the Celtic (1872). These ships were built between 1870 and 1872, by Harland and Wolff in Belfast, which had been specified by a contract between Gustav Schwabe and Thomas Ismay that finance would be provided for the White Star Line on the condition it have its ships built by Harland and Wolff.