Mauretania, Further Reading

Mauritania, Maiden Departure

Mauritania a very few copies still available, signed numbered print, £147 Inc P&P.

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A meticulously researched painting, early pictures of the famous Mauretania are very rare. 

Mauretania was the world’s largest ship until the completion of RMS Olympic in 1911, as well as the fastest for over 22 years until ‘Bremen‘s maiden.

I’ve only painted Mauretania twice, the first for a gentleman who collects liner paintings and specifically wanted and example of a ‘Gordon Frickers’.
He and I  can up with “Mauretania, Maiden Departure” which sold quite well as a print via Solomon & Whithead.
I still have a very few copies left…
The second was completed back in 1992, a small painting  which quickly sold.
I also still have my notes and my copy of ‘Mauretania, Engineering’.
 
She was a great and gallant ship, I guess you know her history?
There was even a Mauretania Restaurant on the QE2 with a huge splendid model of the famous old ship.
I never ate there though, they kept dinning us in the ‘Queen’s Grill’, happy days, I’ve never painted for Cunard (or P & O) either, a pity really.
Mauretania, famously a happy ship, was  LOA 240 m, Designed speed 24 knots, that is 44 km/h; 28 mph.
Mauratania entered Cunard Line service 16 November 1907 about a year after her sister ship Lucitania.
Usual crew 802, usual route Southampton–Cobh–New York City, sometimes called at Liverpool and Plymouth
Eventually painted white and used as a cruise ship. Retired sent to breakers 1934.

Mauretania, painted as a commission, had a long and successful life.

I diligently researched Mauretania and the scene for that painting including in archives at Liverpool.

Here sister Lusitania made 202 crossing before she sunk was without warning, what was officially a non-military ship, torpedoed by U 20 off the Old Head of Kinsale.

128 American citizens were among the dead.

The sinking caused a storm of protest in the United States, the sinking helped shift public opinion in the United States against Germany.

Mauretania was the world’s largest ship until the completion of RMS Olympic in 1911, Mauretania became a favourite among her passengers.

When I sailed as a celebrity guest on the ‘Queen Elizabeth 2‘ I saw QE 2  had a beautiful restaurant named after her and it included a large model of the famous lady. 

When I sailed as a celebrity guest of Cunard on the Queen Elizabeth 2,  I saw QE 2  had a beautiful restaurant named after her and it included a large model of the famous lady.

My QE2 voyage included a call and run ashore at Cobh which has an excellent Maritime Heritage Centre including a fine model of the famous Sirius, the ship that made the first powered Atlantic crossing narrowly beating I K Brunel’s Great Western to the honour.

You can see Sirius in my painting “Winds of Change“.

Designed by Leonard Peskett and built by Swan, Hunter & Wigham Richardson on the Tyneside,  for the British Cunard Line, and launched on the afternoon of 20 September 1906.

As was Cunard’s custom at that time, the ship’s name was taken from Mauretania, an ancient Roman province on the northwest African coast, not to be confused with the modern Mauritania.

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