Mauretania II at Cammell Laird, Birkenhead, laying of the keel, 1937

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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.

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