R.M.S.  M A U R E T A N I A   1938


RETURN TO THE HOMEPAGE                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   THE CUNARDERS

Welcome to our RMS Mauretania 2 website.The new Mauretania, second to bear the illustrious name under the Cunard flag, carried on Cunard Line’s tradition of unparalleled service. The new Mauretania offered the same first class service, though on a much smaller scale than famous Cunard Queens, the Queen Mary and Queen Elizabeth. The Mauretania enjoyed immense popularity in the transatlantic trade among those passengers who preferred the atmosphere of a smaller ship. 

The second Mauretania was built by the Cammell Laird shipbuilders in Birkenhead, Merseyside. She was notable as the largest ship built in England at that time and was the first new ship delivered to the combined Cunard-White Star Line. The Mauretania was designed for the London to New York service and was the largest vessel ever to navigate the River Thames and use the Royal Docks in London. She was also intended to stand in for one of the Cunard Queens on the transatlantic service when they were undergoing maintenance. Like many ocean liners of her time she also gave sterling service during the Second World War.

This website celebrates the history of this remarkable ship and honours its unique place in maritime history in the story of Cunard Line and ocean travel in the 1930s and in the years after the upheavals of the Second World War.


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  THE NEW MAURETANIA


"This is a red letter day, not only for me but for Merseyside. The launch of the largest ship that has ever been built in England. I hope that like her namesake she may work her way into the affections of all who have to do with her on both sides of the Atlantic. To the ship and all who serve or sail in her I wish all good fortune. I name you Mauretania."

Words of Lady Bates at the Launch Ceremony, 28th July 1938.
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Her Regular Service Route: Great Britain to the United States of America (USA)

London to New York (via Le Havre and Southampton) transatlantic service

"THE TRANSATLANTIC CROSSING"

CUNARD WHITE STAR LINE, LIVERPOOL




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