Mauretania, Further Reading

Mauretania, maiden departure, painting the fastest liner of her age, revolutionary for her time, “A blaze of electric lights”.

Mauritania, Maiden Departure.

The small craft and other details are all correct for the period.

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Mauretania was built by Swan, Hunter & Wigham Richardson on the Tyneside, 1906.

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Mauretania the painting

At 20.30 hours on the 16th of November 1907, we witness through this electrically brilliant painting the maiden departure of the Mauretania from Liverpool bound for New York.

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.
While diligently researching Mauretania I also delved into the 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.
I’ve only painted Mauretania twice, this, the first for a gentleman who collects liner paintings and specifically wanted and example of a ‘Gordon Frickers’.
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]
Less obvious, she and her sister RMS Lusitania were fitted with by far the largest versions to date of a revolutionary [in more than one sense] engine, the Parson’s Steam Turbine.

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

Mauretania [detail]
All the ‘small craft’ shown in this painting were actually did accompany the Cunard giant liner Mauretania to sea on the night of her maiden departure from Liverpool.

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A meticulously researched :

painting early pictures of the famous Mauretania are very rare.

Mauretania [detail]
A gentleman wrote to me, “I collect liner paintings, I’d like to have a Gordon Frickers in my collection“.
From our ensuing discussion I created two ‘concept sketches’.
Mauretania, Liverpool
Mauretania, concept sketch 1
We chose to shown the Cunard Mauretania as a new ship.
Mauretania, concept sketch 2,


Mauretania was the world’s largest ship until the completion of RMS Olympic in 1911, sister to the ill fated ‘Titanic‘.

Mauretania was the fastest liner in the world for over 22 years a records still unbrocken, until finally overtaken by the ‘Bremen‘s maiden.

Mauretania had a long and successful life.
Mauretania became a favourite among her passengers.
Mauretania a great and gallant ship.
My second Mauretania painting showing her in Plymouth Sound was completed back in 1992.
It was a small painting which quickly sold.
Mauretania was built by Swan, Hunter & Wigham Richardson on the Tyneside, designed by Leonard Peskett for the British Cunard Line.
Mauretania was 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.

A celebrity guest :

I sailed on the ‘Queen Elizabeth 2‘ as a celebrity guest so I saw QE 2  had a beautiful restaurant named after Mauretania which included a large model of the famous lady.
I never ate there, as a celebrity guest I was privileged to dine in the ‘Queen’s Grill’, happy days …

About Mauretania :

Mauretania was  LOA 240 m, designed speed 24 knots, that is 44 km/h; 28 mph.
Mauretania entered Cunard Line service 16 November 1907 about a year after her sister ship Lucitania.
Her usual crew numbered 802, usual route Southampton–Cobh(called Queen’s Town at that time) –New York City, sometimes called at Liverpool and Plymouth.
Eventually painted white and she was used as a cruise ship
Mauretania was honourably retired being 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, Southern Ireland.

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.

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