Mauretania, Further Reading

Mauritania, Maiden Departure

I’ve only painted Mauretania twice, the first for a gentleman who collects liner paintings and specifically wanted and example of a ‘Gordon Frickers’.

I  researched, I still have my notes and my copy of ‘Mauretania, Engineering’.
It was soon clear, Mauretania and her sisters were very advanced ships for their time including being fitted with the first large Parson’s steam turbine engines.
I diligently researched Mauretania and the possible scenes for this painting including in archives at Liverpool.
I was much encouraged by the late editor of ‘Sea Breezes‘, Harry Milsom whom I met in his office in Liverpool.
My client and I discussed my findings.
We settled for  “Mauretania, Maiden Departure”.
“A blaze of electric lights” was how she was described, that at a time when electricity was the ‘coming thing’. 

Mauretania [detail]

All the small craft in this painting existed and are known to have been present on that grand occasion. 

Mauretania [detail]

Later, the picture sold well as a print via Solomon & Whithead.
I still have a very few copies 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 [detail]

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.

My second Mauretania painting showing her in Plymouth Sound was completed back in 1992.
It was a small painting which quickly sold.
Mauretania was the world’s largest ship until the completion of RMS Olympic in 1911, sister to the ill fated ‘Titanic‘.
Mauretania had a long and successful life.
Mauretania was a great and gallant ship.
Mauretania became a favourite among her passengers.

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.

Decades later she was celebrated with a Mauretania Restaurant on the QE2 which included a huge splendid model of the famous old ship.
I never ate there. My [x] wife and I were ‘celebrity guests’  privileged to dine in the ‘Queen’s Grill’, happy days
Despite that honour, 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.

Her sister Lusitania made 202 crossing before she sunk was without warning.

She 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.

That sinking helped shift public opinion in the United States against Germany.


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 Mauretania which included a large model of the famous lady.

My QE2 voyage included a call and run ashore at Cobh [southern Ireland]

The Cunard Line has a long and happy connection with Cobh [pronounced ‘cove’]where there is an excellent Maritime Heritage Centre including a fine model of the famous paddle steamer 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“.

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