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Imperator, the famous eagle. The motto seems to be: 'Dein Feld ist die Welt', your (operational) field is the world. (Better informed may feel free to correct me). Some say it was too heavy, some say heavy weather destroyed it. Anyway, the ship was soon to be named Berengaria, and Cunard wouldn't ha

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The steamship line's slogan read "Mein Feld ist die Welt" (My Field is the World). During her inaugural season, heavy seas ripped off the wings of the eagle, and the rest of the remains were quietly removed afterwards. This is a great photo of a famous, but short-lived feature of the ship.

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We have seen a number of distant shots of this figurehead - this is the first close-up.

Thanks for finding and posting it Stein.

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You can just see 2 funnels of another ship off to the left. Anyone want to take a guess which one?
 

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Figurehead? Teutonic egotism and vulgarity, to what was a very poor sailer on the Atlantic.
The ship in the background perhaps a CPR Duchess?
 

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The IMPERATOR would have docked at Hoboken, NJ; I'm guessing that the funnels to the left are the aft pair of funnels on one of the NDL express liners.

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Mr. R651400. The Eagle figurehead was of course a bit of egotism,- the company and the country banging their chests. But bang their chest, so did every nation and company that competed with the Germans. I suggest we see the Eagle as a bit of p.r.-jippo fun, a splendid bit of ballyhoo that certainly made it's mark in history in a short time. Can't compete with the winged silver lady on the Rolls of course. Regards, Stein.
 

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A figurehead such as this might have looked magnificent on an old-time sailing ship. However, on an early 20th century passenger liner, with it's typically bluff, straight lines, it simply looked completely out of place. Also, it was way too large, completely out of proportion with the rest of the ship. Although I am aware that some people thought it looked well, I always thought the effect it gave was to make the ship look vulgar. Even the Atlantic Ocean rejected it, clipping the eagle's wings during the ship's first voyage. Small wonder Cunard removed it!
 

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They probably removed all signs in German as well, and that is no great wonder either. (Jester)
 

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