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BurdenBuiltShipowner or operator Dimensions
31,938 gross 1906 at Wallsend-on-Tyne by Swan, Hunter & Wigham Richardson Cunard Line 762.2ft x 88ft x 61ft 
 1906 Sept. 20, launchedAtlantic Journey ID 1649
 1907 Nov. 16, maiden voyage Liverpool-Queenstown-New York, on the return voyage she took the record from the Lusitania (4 days, 22 hours and 29 min.)Atlantic Journey ID 1650
 1907 Liverpool-Queenstown-New York serviceAtlantic Journey ID 1655
 1909 Took the record, crossing in 4 days, 17 hrs. and 20 min., and held the record until 1929 - beaten by the BremenAtlantic Journey ID 1651
 1914 Hospital shipAtlantic Journey ID 1656
 1915 Hospital shipAtlantic Journey ID 1657
 1916 Laid up at GreenockAtlantic Journey ID 1658
 1917 US troop transportAtlantic Journey ID 1659
 1918 US troop transportAtlantic Journey ID 1660
 1919 Southampton - New YorkAtlantic Journey ID 1661
 1920 Southampton - New YorkAtlantic Journey ID 1662
 1921 Southampton - New YorkAtlantic Journey ID 1663
 1921 Damaged by fire at Southampton, repaired and rebuilt to 30,696 tons, converted from coal to oil fuel, refitted to carry 589 1st-class , 400 2nd-class and 767 3rd-class passengersAtlantic Journey ID 1652
 1922 Mar. 25, resumed Southampton - Cherbourg - New YorkAtlantic Journey ID 1664
 1931 Refitted to carry 1st-class, tourist-class and 3rd-classAtlantic Journey ID 1653
 1935 July 1, left Southampton for Rosyth, where she was scrapped.Atlantic Journey ID 1654
The information listed above is not the complete record of the ship. The information was collected from a multitude of sources, and new information will be added as it emerges

Mauretania (1) - Cunard Line steamship, interiors from the 3rd class (steerage) accommodations aboard the Mauretania - 3rd class Entrance Hall, 3rd class Dining Room, 3rd class Smoking Room and a 3rd class 4 Berth Room.
Mauretania (1) - Cunard Line steamship, interiors from the 3rd class accommodations; 3rd class Entrance Hall, 3rd class Dining Room, 3rd class Smoking Room and a 3rd class 4 Berth Room.
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This fantastic ship was built to regain the blue ribbon from the German liners. She was equipped with 4 direct-action Parson steam turbines; two high pressure and two low pressure, producing 70,000 HP. Quadruple propellers of improved design gave her a service speed of 25 knots. On her trials she attained a speed of 27.04 knots. Assuming that she could maintain her best record speed of 27.04 knots, along the line of the equator, she would encircle the globe in 38 days, 12 hours, 33 minutes and 22 seconds. To increase the speed with 1.5 knots they had to go from 40,000 HP. to 70,000 HP. She had 11 watertight bulkheads and 6 decks. The doors between the bulkheads could be closed from the bridge, where the captain stood 100 feet above the sea level. For her hull they used 4 million steel rivets, at a total weight of 500 tons. Her four funnels were each 155 feet high and the two masts 216 feet high, which was actually 2 feet longer than the length of the S/S Britannia, the first steamship of the line. There were 3 anchors weighing 10 tons each, and anchor chains of 1,800 feet. There was accommodation for 563 first class passengers, 464 second class passengers and 1400 third class (steerage) passengers. The majority of the emigrants travelled as steerage passengers. The number of officers and crew was 812. There were two electric elevators for the passengers, and 6 elevators for cargo and mail. She had 1200 windows and 5000 electric lamps. Below is a selection of images of the famous oceanliner which brought thousands of passengers across the Atlantic to their new homeland in America




This image is from a Cunard Line comparisions booklet, it shows the S/S Mauretania's enormous Pulling Power. 780 100-h.p. racing cars would be required to hold this record speed ship with its 78,000h.p.

A voyage from Norway to America in 1911 - An account of a voyage from Bergen to Newcastle on the S/S Hera, then from Liverpool to New York on the S/S Mauretania.


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A selection of articles dedicated to help you in your genealogy search for your Norwegian ancestors. Transcripts and pictures of historic documents in connection with the ships and emigration. Also including articles about Pioneers & Norwegian Settlements Around the World
Articles about selected ships ships and special events in their history. Descriptions of some of the great maritime disasters involving emigrant ships, like the wrecking of the steamer Atlantic of the White Star Line, sinking of the ocean liner Empress of Ireland and the Thingvalla line steamer Norge disaster. Check this section if you have an interest in shipwrecks.
This section contains articles describing the transatlantic voyage, the condition of the steerage accommodations and the experience of an ocean travel on an emigrant ship. You will find in-depth studies concerning the emigration process, statistics and facts, and information about the immigration processing centers line Castle Garden and Ellis Island.
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