Mauretania/Lusitania Comparisons with Titanic


Jim Kalafus

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Just 'cause it made the papers doesn't necessarily make it true
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I am new to encyclopedia Titanica. This is my first forum (anywhere to be exact). I chose to make this my first topic. I am history buff, and the Titanic and ocean liners are some of my favorite topics. It has always bothered me how the Olympic Class ocean liners (almost exclusively Titanic however) are heralded as the ultimate hallmarks of shipboard luxury and grandeur. But it’s just simply not true. Yes they were in their own right. But the thing is, the two previous biggest ocean liners, Lusitania and Mauretania, were just as, if not more grand than O&T. They also were unique between themselves, not carbon copies of each other, offering travelers two distinct “flavors”, if you’ll call it. Lusitania offered a bright and angelic atmosphere, while Mauretania offered a warm and rich one (feminine and masculine).

The L&M had an endless array of domes, both glass and plaster, each being unique, giving the public rooms a sophisticated grandeur. Each of their dining saloons were two decked with a well in the middle, with an intricate dome topping either of them. O&T, albeit luxurious, were low-ceilinged and comparatively underwhelming. Lusitania’s first class lounge had a breathtaking barrel-shaped skylight which stretched almost the entire length of the room. Mauretania’s lounge had a giant glass dome in the center and was just as impressive. Whereas O&T didn’t even come close. Mauretania’s first class smoking room had a similar giant skylight. Both of their first class smoking rooms had a vaulted skylight and both had a section of their smoking rooms which were separate from the main room; on the Mauretania it was more open, with the skylight stretching into it too, making it look even more spectacular. Whereas O&T smoking rooms, though they had high ceilings, could not compare to the opulence of L&M.
The staircases on both classes were luxurious, with O&T having an ever so slight edge in terms of grandeur. But again, L&M were unique.
The only thing that O&T truly had over L&M was the amount of amenities onboard and the size of cabins, especially suites.

Titanic’s luxury and grandeur is greatly exaggerated today and elevated to something that it wasn’t. Of course it is all a part of the myth-making and lore that the media has built up around the ship for over a hundred years. But it is not an accurate representation of history.

Don’t even get me started on the exterior of both classes!361FF507-F4B9-4A06-9FED-86F4A23B4734.jpeg
Mauretania first class dining saloonD47055EF-F912-4CB9-A995-B5C86E02F5DA.jpegLusitania first class dining saloon056DDE9B-4F05-4ACA-ABDE-C0F1667EF57B.jpegOlympic/Titanic dining saloon1CA214F3-32B0-492F-9D78-D91240A473C9.jpegLusitania first class loungeAE949EC6-608E-46A9-BD2C-F53FDC8A07F6.jpegMauretania first class loungeF7765BD0-22F5-4AA1-9E4A-B1E3EE2DED26.jpegOlympic/Titanic first class lounge9BE6CBA8-E0A2-4F61-B1BD-F597BCBE8876.jpegLusitania first class smoking room74630881-9E83-4CB1-BF0A-A3F7FDF8F0EC.jpegMauretania first class smoking roomEA018185-8534-4E84-9359-70F56AC7FF9B.jpegOlympic/Titanic first class smoking room38A87C0B-8961-493D-B3ED-8C3C1F2F782E.jpegLusitania first class staircaseF9B2D835-E4EF-4BF7-A29A-9F7F89395785.jpegMauretania first class staircase1420E089-DEC7-455B-96A5-E5AAB3B016C2.jpegMauretania staircase (other view facing aft)
2021E40A-261D-4C5C-8F94-A5E57DCC6B79.jpegLusitania library/writing room3D601B23-EF23-4C8F-9313-1DD156963D77.jpegMauretania library/writing roomA01802AD-937C-4218-AF08-04AA136BB1A0.jpegOlympic/Titanic reading & writing room2CC8A65F-E2D2-4B5B-96A1-80AE18E43711.jpegOf course Olympic class first class staircase
 
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i know that titanic had 3 propellers and Mauretania had 4. but were Titanic's propellers bigger that Mauritania's ??

this is for the experts . here are some pictures
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While watching one of the better real-time sinking animations of the Lusitania, I noted that there was one clip of flooding of the Third Class dining room that lasted several seconds. Later, I compared that view with actual photos of the same room.

It seemed to me that at least the Third Class dining room on the Lusitania was rather better appointed than its equivalent on the Titanic. Of course being larger, the White Star liner probably allowed more public space for its "steerage" passengers but how did they compare overall in terms of facilities?
 
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While watching one of the better real-time sinking animations of the Lusitania, I noted that there was one clip of flooding of the Third Class dining room that lasted several seconds. Later, I compared that view with actual photos of the same room.

It seemed to me that at least the Third Class dining room on the Lusitania was rather better appointed than its equivalent on the Titanic. Of course being larger, the White Star liner probably allowed more public space for its "steerage" passengers but how did they compare overall in terms of facilities?
From the pictures I have seen they seemed pretty comparable to me. Lusitania had 2, 4,6 and 8 person berthing compartments for 3rd class where most ships before her had large barracks like spaces for 3rd class. Some of the 3rd class cabins from pictures I've seen looked a little better than Titanic's.
 
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