Mauretania photos


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jimmy cozad

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here are some photos that my grandmother took of and onboard the mauretania enjoy
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That is a really nice series of photographs. Do you know what date(s) they were taken?
 

Eric Longo

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Hi Jimmy and Timothy,

these appear to have been taken at different times - the pre 1912 lifeboat arrangement is shown in the fifth image down, as well as the post war cut bow bulwark (1918-19) and the closed promenade (1923-24) in other images. It seems 2 or 3 occasions. I would say, with the exception of the pre-Titanic image, most all are 1924-1928.

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jimmy cozad

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there is at least one photo can give some info at this time note the one photo with the mauretania and the giant crane at the back right that photo was taken at the time of her oil fire conversion the is leaving the clydebank
 

jimmy cozad

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by the way these are all taken from glass negatives

Hey Eric do you as well as all mauretania fans have any photos that I can use for personal use without watermarks i am currently making a mauretania scrapbook as a tribute to the mauretania and all who traveled her and when the project is complete i will post a copy on this website in pdf form for all to see with the proper credits to those who contributed to the project
 

jimmy cozad

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hey i dont know how this image got to someone elses site but but my grand father worked at the Rosyth scrapyard in Scotland and took this photo of the one of the mauretania funnels as it crashed i hope i wasn't one of my friends sending it around and i forgot which forum had the one mauretania photo with the remains of the stren during scrapping
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jimmy cozad

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heres a picture of the lusitania to go with the maurtania oil conversion not it has the same crane
as the mauretania photo this one was taken near the lusitania's completion
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jimmy cozad

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the top photo is just as the marurtania entered the floating drydock soon the the dock will be raised that is completely underwater and soon after the oil conversion will take place
 

Lucy Burkhill

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Jimmy, Mauretania was converted to oil-firing at her birthplace, Swan Hunter shipyard, which is on the river Tyne, not the Clyde as you said.

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Hello Jimmy (and Hi Lucy
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Very interesting series of photographs of the two. I am curious to know what your grandparents occupations were that would allow one or the other to be both Tyneside and Clydeside in 1907, at the 1921 refit, on the bridge with Captain Rostron sometime before 1928 and aboard at Rosyth in September 1935?
Incredibly, there was actually another "Jimmy Cozad" whose posted last year in these forums as hmhsbritannic, also asking for images! His post was edited due to possible copyright problems with the removed photo, presumably of Britannic.

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jimmy cozad

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hey eric my grandmother worked as a photographer can't remember the name of the company but i will ask my aunt from what my dad said about my grandfather all my dad can remember is that grandpa worked at the Rosyth scrapyard and that my grand father who died in 1992 when i was 12 didn't tell him much other then i what i told you i will do some research and see what i come up with and by the way i have nothing to do with the hmhs britannic post
 

jimmy cozad

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hey lucy then why is the clydebank crane at the place of her oil conversion or was the type of crane used a multiple shipyards
 

Lucy Burkhill

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Hi Jimmy,

The type of crane that is in the Clydebank photo was in widespread usage in virtually every shipyard, so therefore would have been likely to have been installed at Swan Hunter yard on the Tyne. Mauretania was converted to oil-burning on 11 March 1922. Any book about Mauretania will tell you as much!
 
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Jimmy, as Lucy said, that particular type of crane was in use in a lot of shipyards and quite a few still are. It's a common enough design and a useful one for lifting heavy loads. Since the actual dates of the Mauritania's conversion to oil are well documented, you may be wise to consider the possibility that your information isn't quite what you think it is.
 

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"the top photo is just as the marurtania entered the floating drydock soon the the dock will be raised that is completely underwater and soon after the oil conversion will take place"

But isn't that Sandon Dock, Jimmy, in Liverpool? Is the Promenade enclosed in photo 14? Maybe you can post better scans?

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Hi All (and Hi Lucy
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I was just thinking, it was seventy-two years ago today, on April 2, 1935, that the Mauretania was sold to Metal Industries Ltd. for £77,000. Seventy-one years ago this month, in April 1936, she was beached at Rosyth with only months left to "live"!

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Lucy Burkhill

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Hi Eric
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Yes, it's sad to reflect on this fact
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>>Seventy-one years ago this month, in April 1936, she was beached at Rosyth with only months left to "live"<<

Yes, though I would say that the poor old girl had been "dead" for quite some time before this stage!

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Eric Longo

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Hi Lucy
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I forgot I had this newspaper image - Mauretania beached at Tidal Yard No. 3 in April, 1936. Retouched digitally and tinted (it is quite degraded with much missing and in 4 pieces), but a nice moody scene to give an idea for any who have not seen this image before. I guess you are right - not too much life left here! But I'd sure give anything to be there to see it
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Lucy Burkhill

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>>...I'd sure give anything to be there to see it<<

No, this is one sight I would not be too keen to travel back in time to. What's left of her is like a carcase. To me, there is something quite indecent about such an image. I think I would much rather have seen her in her prime! However, this has just reminded me of the time at the end of October, 2005, when I was crossing the Forth Road Bridge on a return trip from Edinburgh. I looked across to Rosyth, and my immediate thought was that were I to have been there 70 years ago that day, there would have been a sight that a lover of fine ships would have found hard to stomach.

Lucy
 
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