Ellen Grace Butland
On July 23rd, 1935, a service was held in Winchester Cathedral for the Shipping Festival. it included the unveiling and dedication of a model of R.M.S. Mauretania. A photocopy of the order of service can be got from Winchester Cathedral office, 5 the Close, Winchester, Hampshire SO23 9LS, England. Where is that model now, it was not in the Cathedral when I visited in 1985. The relevant passage was spoken by the Dean:- Reverend Father in God, the bugle sounds "Sunset" betokening that the day's work is done and the night is at hand. And it sounds for the passing of a great ship, which has traversed the seas for night on thirty years and is come now to the ending of her labours. Her name is "Mauretania," and there stands there beneathe the covering of yonder flag a likeness of her; which we beg the Lord Lieutenant in the King's name to unveil, and you, Sir to dedicate to the glory of God, for a memorial of her for all time and a symbol of the love that God has for those who go down to the sea in ships.