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 built on Tyneside...Ref: TWAS:DS.SWH/4/PH/7/6/6 ..(Copyright) We're happy for you to share this digital image within the spirit of The Commons. Please cite 'Tyne & Wear Archives & Museums' when reusing. Certain restrictions on high quality reproductions and commercial use of the original physical version apply though; if you're unsure please email [email protected] purchase a hi-res copy please email [email protected] quoting the title and reference number.
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.
Just an assorted steamships collection for research.