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Aquitania under Construction




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'Aquitania' under construction at John Brown & Co Ltd, Clydebank in 1913, where the majority of the Cunard ships were built. Her keel was laid in the same plot that had famously served building Lusitania and that would later be used for building Queen Mary.

This view is from a position north of the building berth, the building on the left being the Shipyard General Store.

Widely considered one of the most attractive ships of her time Aquitania earned the nickname 'Ship Beautiful'. This despite criticism of her looks; having too many cowl ventilators and the forward funnel being as close to her bridge as it was.

In her 36 years of service, Aquitania survived military duty in both world wars, the only four funnel liner to do so. Her record for the longest service career of any 20th century express liner stood until 2004.

She was taken out of service In December 1949, when her Board of Trade certificate was not renewed as the condition of the ship had reached a stage where she was too old to be economical and brought in to line with safety standards of the day. Thus ended an illustrious career which included steaming 3 million miles in 450 voyages. She was scrapped in 1950.
· Date: Wed, 26 August 09 · Views: 248
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Keywords: Liner, Aquitania, Clydebank
Source of Image, If not your own: From an original 'Internarional News Service' photograph in my personal collection
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Sun Viking
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Registered: July 2007
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Wed, 26 August 09 11:13

Hello Three-Funnels -
Thanks for a wonderful photo of this classic Cunarder at her birth place! I always had a special place in my heart for her as she was the ship my Grand Dad came to America on in 1914. My favorite four stacker will always be OLYMPIC simply because of her yacht-like design. TITANIC & BRITANNIC were also nice but OLYMPIC is the "Queen of the Atlantic" for me!
Mike - The Sun Viking
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Fri, 28 August 09 03:01

Indeed- much better than the rather chaotic one of her on the berth I posted recently!!
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