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Mauretania by Tyne & Wear Archives & Museums

RMS MAURETANIA was one of the most famous ships ever built on Tyneside and this set shows some fantastic photographs of the construction. Swan & Hunter Ltd. was a small shipbuilding company, but under the direction of the very ambitious George Burton Hunter they were determined to break into the top flight of world shipbuilding. Hunter opened negotiations with Wigham Richardson & Co Ltd., whose Neptune Yard was upstream of Swan’s Wallsend Yard, about a possible merger. This was finally agreed to on 26th May 1903 and a new company, Swan Hunter & Wigham Richardson Ltd., was formed.
RMS Mauretania - deck
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John Currie - Mauretania

This photograph is taken in Canada Dock in Liverpool, 1909. The gentleman in uniform is “Mauretania’s” first Chief Engineer, John Currie. ..RMS MAURETANIA was one of the most famous ships ever built on Tyneside... more

Sea Trials - Mauretania

Mauretania leaving the Tyne for sea trials...The Mauretania was built by the shipbuilders Swan Hunter and Wigham Richardson Ltd, at the Wallsend shipyard and was one of the most famous ships ever built on Tynes... more

Kitchens - Mauretania

First and second class kitchens on RMS "Mauretania"..The Mauretania was built by the shipbuilders Swan Hunter and Wigham Richardson Ltd, at the Wallsend shipyard...RMS MAURETANIA was one of the most f... more

Bower Anchor - Mauretania

Here is a man stood next to a bower anchor, which were usually attached one each side of the bow. This was one used on the Mauretania and the gentlemen helps demonstrate how large these anchors actually were...... more

Onboard the Mauretania

A view of the deck onboard the Mauretania, with a young boy and girl skating along the deck...The Mauretania was built by the shipbuilders Swan Hunter and Wigham Richardson Ltd, at the Wallsend shipyard and was... more

Mauretania Decks

Photograph taken from the stern showing completed bunkers and the decks taking shape on the 'Mauretania'. ..RMS MAURETANIA was one of the most famous ships ever built on Tyneside...Reference: TWAS: L4673.16..(C... more

Mauretania Voyage 1935

Mauretania off the Tyne on her final voyage to Rosyth, where she was broken up...The Mauretania was built by the shipbuilders Swan Hunter and Wigham Richardson Ltd, at the Wallsend shipyard and was one of the m... more

Verandah Café - Mauretania

On board the RMS Mauretania, was housed this spectacular verandah café. It was situated on the boat deck where passengers could sit and drink their coffee in the open air - looking out to sea...The Mauretania w... more

Observation Room - Mauretania

The observation room was based on the promenade deck. Here passengers could view the vessel forging ahead, but had protection from the strong winds that were caused by the great speeds that Mauretania travelled... more

Grand Entrance - Mauretania

There were 9 decks in the Mauretania and this was the Grand Entrance on the boat deck...Also on this deck was the first-class library, the first-class lounge and music room, the first-class smoking room and the... more

Children's Room - Mauretania

The children's dining-saloon and nursery on the shelter deck of the Mauretania, was decorated with paintings illustrating nursery ryhmes by the artist J. E. Mitchell of Newcastle...The rocking horse would have ... more

First Class Pantry - Mauretania

This is one of the first class pantries on board the Mauretania...The Mauretania was built by the shipbuilders Swan Hunter and Wigham Richardson Ltd, at the Wallsend shipyard...RMS MAURETANIA was one of the mos... more

Mauretania - Full speed ahead

Here's "Mauretania" at full speed, built by the shipbuilders Swan Hunter and Wigham Richardson Ltd, at the Wallsend shipyard...RMS MAURETANIA was one of the most famous ships ever built on Tyneside...... more

Mauretania Turbine Casing

Transportation of large components. This photograph illustrates the progress made in the use of steam between the “old” traction engine and the “new” turbine casing for ships. ..Reference: TWAS: L4720.1..(Copyr... more

Workmen - Mauretania

The aft launch cradle in position. This photograph shows some of the workmen who built the vessel...RMS MAURETANIA was one of the most famous ships ever built on Tyneside. ..Reference: TWAS: 2931.T.6..(Copyrigh... more

Drawing Room - Mauretania

Heres a view of the second-class drawing room on the RMS Mauretania...The Mauretania was built by the shipbuilders Swan Hunter and Wigham Richardson Ltd, at the Wallsend shipyard and was one of the most famous ... more

Mauretania Continued

Work proceeding on the double bottoms on the construction of the 'Mauretania'...Note the hydraulic riveting machine in the foreground to the right. ..RMS MAURETANIA was one of the most famous ships ever built o... more

Stern of Mauretania

View of the stern of the ship showing the propellers...The Mauretania was built by the shipbuilders Swan Hunter and Wigham Richardson Ltd, at the Wallsend shipyard, sections being maufactured by Wallsend Slipwa... more

Mauretania - Promenade deck

Heres a view of the promenade deck of the "Mauretania"...The Mauretania was built by the shipbuilders Swan Hunter and Wigham Richardson Ltd, at the Wallsend shipyard...RMS MAURETANIA was one of the mo... more

Navigating House - Mauretania

Heres a view of the navigating house on board the Mauretania...The Mauretania was built by the shipbuilders Swan Hunter and Wigham Richardson Ltd, at the Wallsend shipyard and was one of the most famous ships e... more

Mauretania Construction

Photograph of the nearly completed vessel 'Mauretania' in September 1906...The West shed used to build the “Mauretania” was 728 ft long x 95 ft wide x 130 ft high complete with a glass roof. It survived until 1... more

Mauretania - Turbine Machinery

Turbine machinery for the Mauretania, in the erecting shop of the makers, the Wallsend Slipway & Engineering Company Limited...The Mauretania was built by the shipbuilders Swan Hunter and Wigham Richardson ... more

Mauretania's Turbines

Photograph showing the assembly of a turbine rotor. Each of the blades were cut to length by hand and there were over 3 million blades in “Mauretania’s” turbines. ..RMS MAURETANIA was one of the most famous shi... more

Rotor - Mauretania

Photograph of a completed low pressure rotor with workmen to indicate scale on the 'Mauretania'...RMS MAURETANIA was one of the most famous ships ever built on Tyneside. ..Maufactured by Wallsend Slipway & ... more

Library - Mauretania

This photograph shows the bookcase in the library of the Mauretania. Situated on the boat deck, along with a lounge, music room and smoking room, the library was one of many first-class facilities on board the ... more

Mauretania - Propeller

This shows one of the four bladed propellers of the Mauretania, manufactured by Wallsend Slipway & Engineering Company Limited (as can be seen on one of the blades to the right)...The Mauretania was built b... more

Launch Party - Mauretania

People attending the official launch party of the Mauretania...Built by the shipbuilders Swan Hunter and Wigham Richardson Ltd, at the Wallsend shipyard, RMS MAURETANIA was one of the most famous ships ever bui... more

Mauretania Stern

Here is a stern view showing the disposition of propellers of the Mauretania...Built by the shipbuilders Swan Hunter and Wigham Richardson Ltd, at the Wallsend shipyard, RMS MAURETANIA was one of the most famou... more

Dining Room - Mauretania

This is the second class dining room on the Mauretania...The Mauretania was built by the shipbuilders Swan Hunter and Wigham Richardson Ltd, at the Wallsend shipyard and was one of the most famous ships ever bu... more

Anchor Men - Mauretania

This is another illustration of the size and weight of the anchor chains of the "Mauretania". ..RMS MAURETANIA was one of the most famous ships ever built on Tyneside...Reference: TWAS Ref: 2931/T/14.... more

Promenades - Mauretania

Heres a view showing the second- class promenades of the Mauretania...The Mauretania was built by the shipbuilders Swan Hunter and Wigham Richardson Ltd, at the Wallsend shipyard and was one of the most famous ... more

Mauretania Starting Platform

View of the engine room controls...The inner wheel you can see towards the middle of the photograph was used to control steam to the low pressure turbine for manoeuvring. The outer wheel was used for ocean stea... more

RMS Mauretania - deck

This is the boat deck of the Mauretania...The Mauretania was built by the shipbuilders Swan Hunter and Wigham Richardson Ltd, at the Wallsend shipyard...RMS MAURETANIA was one of the most famous ships ever buil... more

Mauretania - Bridge Front

A view of the bridge front of the Mauretania...The Mauretania was built by the shipbuilders Swan Hunter and Wigham Richardson Ltd, at the Wallsend shipyard and was one of the most famous ships ever built on Tyn... more

Wallsend Slipway & Engineering Co "Mauretania"

Photograph of one of the four original propeller bosses for "Mauretania" at Wallsend Slipway & Engineering Co. ..Reference: TWAS: DS.WS/143/2/3..(Copyright) We're happy for you to share this digit... more

Mauretania - Room

Here's the special state room on D deck of the "Mauretania"...Built by the shipbuilders Swan Hunter and Wigham Richardson Ltd, at the Wallsend shipyard, RMS MAURETANIA was one of the most famous ships... more

Propeller from Mauretania

A complete propeller assembly at Wallsend Slipway & Engineering Co. for the "Mauretania" ..Reference: TWAS: DS.WS/143/2/4..(Copyright) We're happy for you to share this digital image within the sp... more

Mauretania Build

This is a view from the aft looking forward at the 'Mauretania', showing the installation of the forward coal bunkers – an original Magic Lantern slide is dated 04/04/1905...RMS MAURETANIA was one of the most f... more

Boiler Uptake - Mauretania

This section of the Mauretania was the lead from the boilers to the base of one of the funnels, to exhaust the smoke and flue gas...The Mauretania was built by the shipbuilders Swan Hunter and Wigham Richardson... more

Men at Work - Mauretania

Boiler room after the conversion to oil burning, 1921. ..RMS MAURETANIA was one of the most famous ships ever built on Tyneside...Reference: TWAS: DS.WS.143.473..(Copyright) We're happy for you to share this di... more