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Mauretania II under construction at Cammell Laird, Birkenhead, 1937

Archive reference 13861-105

Elevated view of a huge ship during construction surrounded by cranes and scaffolding

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Here the keel of Mauretania II is being laid at the Cammell Laird shipyard; their third ship for the Cunard Line (then Cunard-White Star Ltd). Mauretania II was designed to relieve Queen Mary I if necessary and was the largest liner to be constructed in England at that time. When this photograph was taken Cammell Laird was an internationally important name in ship construction.

Further information is available in the Maritime records at Wirral archives, including Cammell Laird and Cunard Line information sheets from the Maritime Archives and Library. This photograph was commissioned by Cunard White Star Ltd.

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Do you remember the construction of Mauretania II? If you have any information about this photograph or the Stewart Bale company then we’d like to hear from you. Please contact Anne Gleave, curator of photographic archives on 0151 478 4487 or send Anne Gleave an email.