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Cunard Line

Image of ss Mauretania (Cunard Line)

Length: 762.2 ft
Breadth: 88.0 ft.
Draft (or Depth): 57.1 ft. (depth)
Tonnage: 31,958 (gross); 25,138 (underdeck ); 8,948 (net)
Engines: Four direct-action Parsons steam turbines, two
high pressure, two low pressure; 195 lbs. operating steam pressure.
Speed: 25 knots
Builder: Swan, Hunter and Wigham Richardson, Ltd., Newcastle. Yard No. 735
Launched: September 20, 1906
Maiden Voyage: November 16, 1907
Disposition: April 2, 1935 - sold for scrap.

Port of Registry: Liverpool, England
Flag of Registry: British
Funnel color: Red; black top; three narrow black bands
Company flag: Red; at center a golden lion holding a globe
Signal Letters: H L T Q
Wireless call letters: M G A
Details: Steel hull; four funnels; two masts; schooner rig; quadruple screw; shelter deck (steel, wood sheathing); lower (orlop) deck, steel in fore and aft holds; electric light; refrigeration machinery; submarine signal; wireless. Accommodation: (As built) First class 563; second class 464; third class 1,138; Total: 2,165 Crew: Navigation 70; engineering 369


Relationship to Titanic disaster / inquiries.

After departing Liverpool April 14 on her own passage westbound for New York, Mauretania soon became part of Titanic's story, related on three separate occasions.

April 14

While Titanic was at Queenstown on April 10, a young fireman named John Coffey, whose mother lived at Queenstown, deserted the ship by going ashore in one of the tenders.

The following Sunday, on April 14 he joined the crew of Mauretania, then at Queenstown on her way from Liverpool to New York.

April 16, 1912

In keeping with similar actions taken by passengers aboard other liners, Mauretania's saloon passengers met to pass a resolution expressing profound sympathy to the relatives of those who were lost in the disaster.

The resolution, passed in silence, was moved by Mr. A.A. Booth, Chairman of the Cunard Line, who was on his way to New York. A similar resolution was passed by the second cabin passengers.

April 19, 1912

The manifest of Titanic's cargo arrived at New York by registered mail aboard Mauretania. The cargo's value was about $420,000 (£84,000), far less than the $1,250,000 to $2,000,000 (£250,000 to £400,000) earlier estimated.


September 20, 1906

Newcastle: Launched (4.40 p.m.) by the Dowager Duchess of Roxburgh.

November 3-6, 1907

Irish Sea / St. George's Channel: Speed and maneuvering trials, four runs of 300 miles each between Corsewell Light, Scotland, and Longships Light, off Cornwall, England. During a total run of 1,216 miles an average speed of 26.04 knots was attained.

November 16, 1907

Maiden voyage: Liverpool-Queenstown-New York and return. On the return leg, set a new record of 4d., 22h., 29m. between Ambrose Light and Queenstown at an average speed of 23.69 knots.

July 1909

Made a crossing at 25.89 knots in 4d., 17h., 20m., establishing new Atlantic record, which she held until July 1929

August 30, 1909

Inaugurated a homeward call at Fishguard. Special trains run by the Great Western Railway made the trip to London in a bit under five hours; passengers for London arrived before the liner docked at Liverpool.

December 10, 1911 Dec 10

Ran aground in the River Mersey. Laid up for repairs until 13 Feb 1912.

August 1914

Commissioned as a transport. Before entering military service made three trans-Atlantic voyages, the last one completed on 10 Oct 1914. Was then converted to a troop carrier.

May - August, 1915

Made three voyages, trooping for the Mediterranean campaign: May 1915 Southampton to Lemnos; July 1915        

Southampton to Lemnos; Aug 1915, Southampton to Lemnos. Transported total of 10,391 officers and men.

September 1915

Converted to a hospital ship. Was under the command of Capt. Arthur Rostron, during three voyages from Mudros to England: Oct 1915 Liverpool to Mudros; Nov 1915 Southampton to Mudros; Jan 1916 Southampton to Mudros. Transported a total 6,298 wounded and 2,307 medical staff.


Reconverted to a troop carrier.

October 1916

Liverpool to Halifax and return.

November 1916

Liverpool to Halifax and return. Transported a total of 6,214 Canadian officers and men.

January 10, 1917

In the Mersey River, while departing Liverpool for Greenock for lay-up, broke loose from her tow in a storm and ran aground on a sand bank. Was pulled loose and continued her trip to Greenock.


Spent remainder of year laid up at Greenock.

March 21, 1918

Commissioned as HMS Tuberose for service as armed transport carrying American troops. New York-Liverpool. Made seven round trip voyages.

May 27, 1919

Paid off for war service.

June 28, 1919

Southampton - Cherbourg - New York.

July 25, 1921

Southampton: Fire on board caused by unauthorized flammable spirits being used to clean carpeting. As part of refurbishment was converted to oil fuel.

March 25, 1922

Returned to service. Gross tonnage, 30,696. Accommodation: First, 589; Second, 400; Third, 767.

August 9, 1924

Southampton - New York and return. Round trip average, 25.87 knots.

August 3, 1929

Westbound, Cherbourg - Ambrose Light, 4d, 21h, 44m. Average westbound speed, 26.85 knots.

August 16, 1929

Eastbound, New York - Eddystone Light, 4d, 17h, 50m. Average eastbound speed, 27.22 knots. Ran the 106 miles from Eddystone to Cherbourg at 29.7 knots. Round trip average, 27.035 knots.

April 1931

Painted white for cruising.


Cruising out of British ports or New York


During one of her New York - Caribbean cruises, between Havana and New York, covered 603 miles at an average speed of 27.78 knots, which included a hundred-mile sprint at 32 knots! This was accomplished with over three million miles on her turbines.

June 30, 1934

Departed Southampton -Cherbourg - New York on her last westbound crossing.

July - September, 1934

Five summer cruises from New York.

September 26, 1934

Last voyage, New York - Ply-mouth - Cherbourg - Southampton. Withdrawn from service. Laid up.

April 2, 1935

Sold to Metal Industries for scrap.

July 1, 1935

Departed Southampton for Rosyth, Firth of Forth, for scrapping.


Courtesy: John P. Eaton. Used with permission.
Image Courtesy: Jeff Newman and greatships.net.