Mauretania was an ocean liner
built by Swan, Hunter & Wigham Richardson for the British Cunard Line,
and launched on 20 September 1906. She was the world's largest ship until the
launch of the RMS Olympic
in 1911 as well as the fastest until the launch of the Bremen in
became a favourite among her passengers. After capturing the Blue Riband for the
fastest transatlantic crossing during her 1909 inaugural season,
held the speed record for twenty years
was launched on January 19, 1889, she was the first White Star ship not
to have square rigged sails. The ship was completed on the July 25, 1889
and participated in the Spithead Naval Review on August 1, commemorating Queen Victoria's Golden Jubilee.
was built under the British Auxiliary Armed Cruiser Agreement, and was
Britain's first armed merchant cruiser, sporting eight 4.7" guns. These were removed after the military
reviews, and on August 7, she left on her maiden voyage to New York
City, replacing the
SS Baltic in White Star's lineup. In 1891,
brought the Blue Riband to White Star, and in 1891, Teutonic
took it from her sister with an average crossing speed of 20.25 knots (37.50 km/h).
She later bested her own record with a speed of 20.5 knots (38.0 km/h).
The following year the City of Paris
took the honor away, and no White Star ship would ever regain it.
Despite this, both Teutonic and her sister were extremely profitable liners, and the two ships made
crossings completely filled to passenger capacity several times.
Luggage boat in foreground
Ferry behind the horse & cart is either Rock
Ferry or Eastham, both were at this end
Egremont Ferry, Rock Ferry and Eastham
Ferry Stage visible is the Egremont Ferry
Latest date for this is 1920
The lovely Pier Head before 21st C architects
got hold of it and ruined it.
The Leasowe pulls out for
Seacombe, Mountwood or Overchurch in foreground
mid to late1960s
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