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April 12, 2016

RMS Mauretania Under Construction: One of The Most Famous Ships Ever Built in Tyneside

RMS Mauretania was an ocean liner designed by Leonard Peskett and built by Swan, Hunter & Wigham Richardson for the British Cunard Line, and launched on the afternoon of 20 September 1906. She was the world's largest ship until the completion of RMS Olympic in 1911 as well as the fastest until Bremen's maiden voyage in 1929.

These amazing vintage photos show this ship under construction in the Tyneside area.

The view from the aft looking forward at the Mauretania showing the installation of the forward coal bunkers

Transportation of Mauretania turbine casing

View from the stern showing completed bunkers and the decks taking shape on the Mauretania

Work proceeding on the double bottoms on the construction of the Mauretania

A complete propeller assembly for the Mauretania

A completed low pressure rotor with workmen to indicate scale on the Mauretania

Assembly of a turbine rotor

Mauretania under construction

Mauretania under construction

One of the four original propeller bosses for the Mauretania

The anchor chains of the Mauretania

Workmen who built the vessel

The RMS Mauretania just before her launch on September 20th, 1906

The Mauretania passing low lights at the mouth of the Tyne on her maiden voyage in 1906


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