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Here’s a broadside view of the Imperator as she appeared when first built. Notice the ship still has her customary list to starboard in this shot as well. This view was taken in New York by the well-known marine photographer, George Granthum Bain, and has long been part of the collection in the Li

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I whole heartedly agree Klaatu, the bird on the bow was a bad call. It was added to give the ship the edge on Aquitania concerning overall length. The Germans wanted to ensure their ship was the longest in the world. As it turned out, they would have retained the record anyway, as Imperator was five feet longer than Aquitania, without the screaming eagle. Fortunately the figurehead had a very short life; after losing its wings in a storm in 1914, Hamburg America removed the remainder of the eagle and replaced it with scrolled shields.

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good morning cunard61.mon.13, don't think anything they could have done.would give them the edge on the Aquitania.i might be a bit bias.she had no rubbish on her bow.apart from that.a great pic.must be fair.have a good day,ben27

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