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PW1029 RMS Mauretania


PW1029 RMS Mauretania

Built by Cammell Laird Shipbuilders & Engineers Ltd, Birkenhead  for the Cunard White Star Steamship Co Ltd, Liverpool.
35,739 grt 739 feet length, 89 feet breadth, powered by Six Steam Turbines, single reduction geared to twin screws, developing a speed of 23 knots.Passengers 486 cabin class,390 tourist class,502 third class.
Her yard number was1029 and launched 28th July 1938 by Lady Bates from No.6 slipway South Yard with trials undertaken between May & June 1939,maiden voyage Liverpool to New York via Cobh 17th June 1939.

Designed for Cunard’s North Atlantic services to augment the “Queen’s Mary and Elizabeth”,she became the largest liner to use the Port of London.
Taken up from service by HM Government in March 1940 for trooping duties serving in this role until 1946,she was sent back to her builders for reconditioning and commenced her first post war commercial voyage on 26th April 1947.
From 1962 she was employed almost exclusively on cruising when her hull was painted light green,later sold from service making her last voyage to Shipbreaking  Industries, Inverkeithing, Scotland on the Firth of Forth  in November 1965.
Her bell is now exhibited at the Williamson Art Gallery, Birkenhead.

This view shows her entering Gladstone Lock on 14th May 1939,having been towed across the River from her builders, prior to having her rudder fitted and routine hull inspection undertaken in the Gladstone Dry Dock before proceeding on Sea Trials.

This illustration is the first in a series depicting Cammell Laird built ships.