“More than a score of ships have been home to me,” Commodore Sir Arthur Rostron wrote at his retirement, “and of those vessels the pride must always be the Mauretania . . . in my eyes the most beautiful liner afloat; the vessel that seemed a living thing to me.”
Some liners of her era were larger; some were more opulent. None was faster. Mauretania established the fastest eastbound passage of the Atlantic in 1907, set the westbound mark in 1909, and then held the record in both directions for the next twenty years. With her speed and style this legendary vessel became Cunard’s signature ship of the first third of the twentieth century.
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.