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VINTAGRAPH • WPA • WWII • UNFAIR TO BABIES, 1936

RMS Mauretania 1906

RMS Mauretania 1906

My grandfather came to America aboard this beautiful ship in 1913 through Ellis Island.

Lusitania's Fortunate Sister

Beautiful picture of a beautiful ship. Considered by many to be the greatest ocean liner ever built. She sailed like clockwork for nearly 29 years and was the fastest ship afloat for most of her career. She was scrapped in 1935 despite the fact she could have run for many more years. Her owners felt she was too dated. Coincidentally the Olympic (sister ship to ill fated Titanic) was laid up concurrently at the same pier and scrapped along with the Mauretania. In retrospect it's a shame someone didn't have the foresight to save these two beautiful, historical ships.

 
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