When RMS Mauretania first set sail on 16 November 1907 from Liverpool to New York, she was the Cunard company’s most luxurious ocean liner. She was also the largest and fastest ship in the world at the time. She was the world’s largest ship until the completion of RMS Olympic in 1911 as well as the fastest until Bremen’s maiden voyage in 1929. After capturing the Eastbound Blue Riband on her maiden return voyage in December 1907, she claimed the Westbound Blue Riband for the fastest transatlantic crossing during her 1909 season, records she would hold for twenty years.
A favourite among her passengers, First Class passengers travelled in style but there had been major improvements to the quality of Third-Class accommodation, too.
“When I am dead and opened, you shall find Calais lying in my heart.”Mary I of England