See a montage of the steamers Umbria and Etruria, Cunard record breakers built in 1884. Rostron sailed in Umbria on his first voyages with the company at the beginning of 1895, and made many crossings in Etruria as both a junior and senior deck officer. Some of the images clearly show these ships’ completely open bridges, a necessity for working the auxiliary sails, but one that left the deck watch totally exposed to the Atlantic’s ferocity.
View Pathé silent newsreel footage of the legendary Mauretania in 1924. Arthur Rostron’s favorite ship lies at anchor receiving passengers via tender. The film gives good views of the ship from many angles, including from directly ahead showing the fine lines of her hull. Captain Rostron appears in the last twelve seconds of the video, holding a chart and with binoculars.
In 1931 Commodore Sir Arthur Rostron retired from Cunard. In that same year he wrote Home from the Sea, his memoir of his forty-four years of adventures afloat. Here he reads excerpts from Chapter V, “The Loss of the Titanic.”