Propeller from TS 'Mauretania', 1906.
© Science Museum / Science & Society Picture Library
Bronze model (scale 1:27) representing one of the four- bladed screw propellers made by the Manganese Bronze and Bras Company for the famous quadruple-screw Cunard liner. The 'Mauretania' was built alongside her sister ship, the 'Lusitania', by Swan Hunter and Wigham Richardson at Wallsend-on-Tyne. She held the Blue Riband for the fastest transatlantic voyage for 22 years. Accommodation 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 propellers worked at 180 revs per minute.