Friday 24 August 2012


Posted by Picasas.s. "Mauretania".
Owner Cunard Line, Liverpool, United Kingdom.
Flag United Kingdom.
Built 1907 by Swan Hunter & Wigham Richardson, Newcastle, United Kingdom.
Grt. 31.938, l.o.a. 240.82 mt., beam 26.79 mt.
Engine type Steam Turbines, Wallsend Slipway, 78.000 shp.
Speed 26.75 knots.
Vessel type Passenger.
The "Mauretania" was launched on the 20th of September, 1906, on the 17th of September 1907 she made
her shipyard trials and on the 7th of November in the same year she was delivered to her proud owners.
The "Mauretania" initiated her maiden voyage on the 16th of November 1907 from Liverpool to New York.
On the return leg she broke the rspeed record with 23.69 knots between Ambrose and Queenstown and in
May 1908 she broke the record for the opposite direction which her sister "Lusitania" then took from her for a few months. In September 1909 the "Mauretania" covered the distance between Daunts Rock and
Sandy Hook with an average speed of 26.06 knots and with this she held the "Blue Riband" for 20 years.
In July 1929 the "Bremen" broke this record. One month later, the "Mauretania", now 22 years old she entered the "Blue Riband" contest again but could not beat the "Bremen", recording 26.9 knots (the "Bremen"
27.83 knots) and 27.22 knots on the return leg ("Bremen" 27.92 knots), quite an astonishing achievement.
From 1930 the "Mauretania" was mainly used for cruising. In 1935 the Cunard Line sold her for breaking up by Metal Industries Ltd in Rosyth. 

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