Launch of Mauretania II at Cammell Laird, Birkenhead, 1938

Stewart Bale collection online exhibition

Archive reference 38597-7

Large ship just before launch. Thousands of people are watching in the shipyard, on the deck and on the cranes at either side.

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Mauretania II at her launch. Launches at Cammell Laird’s during this time drew immense crowds to witness the spectacle of these massive constructions first entering the water. Mauretania’s maiden voyage was from Liverpool to New York in 1939. The vessel served as a troop-ship during World War II and continued in service until 1965.

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