TS 'Mauretania', early 20th century.
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Painting of broadside. This famous quadruple-screw steamer was built by Swan Hunter and launched in 1906 for the service between Liverpool and New York of the Cunard Steamship Company Ltd. She held the Blue Riband for the fastest transatlantic voyage for 22 years. A sister ship, the 'Lusitania', was built at the same time. Accomodation was provided for 560 first clas, 475 second clas, 1300 third clas pasengers and 812 crew. During World War I the 'Mauretania' served as a troop transport and as a hospital ship. The 'Lusitania', still operating as a pasenger vesel, was torpedoed and sunk off the coast of Ireland by a German submarine in 1915, with the los of 1195 lives.