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The Cunard liner Aquitania is equipped with a complete Foamite system installment in her boiler room

The Cunard liner Aquitania is equipped with a complete Foamite system installment in her boiler room for the protection of passengers and crew against fire. The Fire foam system was adopted and installed on the Aquitania during her overhauling recently (1921), when she was converted from a coal to an oil burning steamship. GGA Image ID # 1420040933

All Digitized Ephemera for the RMS Aquitania available at the GG Archives. Common items of ephemera in our maritime collection include passenger lists, brochures, event and entertainment programs, and other memorabilia produced for a voyage or ship.

Front Cover, Comparisons - RMS Aquitania of the Cunard Steam Ship Company, Limited.

1914 - Cunard Line RMS Aquitania Comparisons

Aquitania made her maiden voyage from Liverpool on 30 May 1914. This brochure was one of many published in 1914 to exalt the size of the ship and accommodations available. Many comparisons were made with well-known US structures of that era.

1914-07-11 RMS Aquitania

1914-07-11 RMS Aquitania Passenger List

  • Steamship Line: Cunard Line
  • Class of Passengers: Second Cabin
  • Date of Departure: 11 July 1914
  • Route: Liverpool to New York
  • Commander: Captain W. T. Turner, R.N.R.
Front Cover, Cunard Tourist Third Cabin Accommodations Brochure. Undated, Circa Late 1920s

1920s - Cunard Tourist Third Cabin Accommodations

Tourist Third Cabin replaced the old Third Class on the Cunard Steamships, the refinished accommodations attracted students, professors, young business people, and bargain-hunters filling the cabins left mostly empty from the decline of the immigrant trade. This is a photo journal of the accommodations found in the new Tourist Third Cabin class. Ships Featured: Andania, Antonia, Aquitania, Ascania, Aurania, Ausonia, Berengaria, Caronia and Carmania, Laconia, Samaria, Scythia, Tuscania, and Lancastria.

Passenger Manifest, Cunard Line Aquitania, Saloon Passengers 1921

1921-06-25 RMS Aquitania Passenger List

  • Steamship Line: Cunard Line
  • Class of Passengers: Cabin
  • Date of Departure: 25 June 1921
  • Route: Southampton to New York via Cherbourg
  • Commander: Captain Sir James Charles
Front Cover, RMS Aquitania Luncheon Bill of Fare - 27 June 1921

1921-06-27 RMS Aquitania Luncheon Menu

Vintage Luncheon Bill of Fare Card from 27 June 1921 on board the RMS Aquitania of the Cunard Line featured Fillets of Codfish—Bercy, Boiled Leg of Mutton Caper Sauce, and Rice Pudding for dessert. Cunard Line Republic of France Emblem appeared on the reverse side.

1922-08-12 RMS Aquitania

1922-08-12 RMS Aquitania Passenger List

  • Steamship Line: Cunard Line
  • Class of Passengers: Cabin
  • Date of Departure: 12 August 1922
  • Route: Southampton to New York via Cherbourg
  • Commander: Captain Sir James Charles, K.B.E., C.B., R.D., R.N.R.
Front Cover, Cunard RMS Aquitania Second Class Passenger List - 3 November 1923.

1923-11-03 RMS Aquitania Passenger List

  • Steamship Line: Cunard Line
  • Class of Passengers: Second Class
  • Date of Departure: 3 November 1923
  • Route: Southampton to New York via Cherbourg
  • Commander: Captain Sir James Charles, K.B.E., C.B., R.D., R.N.R.
Front Cover, Cunard RMS Aquitania Saloon Passenger List - 26 July 1924.

1924-07-26 RMS Aquitania Passenger List

  • Steamship Line: Cunard Line
  • Class of Passengers: Saloon
  • Date of Departure: 26 July 1924
  • Route: Southampton to New York via Cherbourg
  • Commander: Captain Sir James Charles, K.B.E., C.B., R.D., R.N.R.
Front Cover, Cunard Line Entertainment in Aid of British & American Seamen's Instituions, 21 August 1924.

1924-08-21 Cunard Line Charity Program - RMS Aquitania

Program of Entertainment in Aid of British & American Seamen's Institutions Held on Board the RMS Aquitania in the Second Class Dining Room on Thursday, 21 August 1924 at 9:15 pm. Mr. William Ryan, Chairman; Commodore Sir James Charles, K.B.E., C.B., R.D., R.N.R. (Rtd.), Captain.

Children's Party Menu, Cunard Line RMS Aquitania, 1924

1924-10-01 RMS Aquitania Children's Party Menu

Very rare Bill of Fare from Wednesday, 1 October 1924, for a Children's Party on board the Steamship Aquitania. Although it didn't state the class, we suspect that it was for Cabin Class passengers.

List of Passengers aboard the Cunard Line RMS Aquitania November 1927

1927-11-26 RMS Aquitania Passenger List

  • Steamship Line: Cunard Line
  • Class of Passengers: Second Class
  • Date of Departure: 26 November 1927
  • Route: Southampton to New York via Cherbourg
  • Commander: Captain Sir James Charles
Front Cover, Cunard Line RMS Aquitania First Class Passenger List - 18 May 1929.

1929-05-18 RMS Aquitania Passenger List

  • Steamship Line: Cunard Line
  • Class of Passengers: First Class
  • Date of Departure: 18 May 1929
  • Route: Southampton to New York via Cherbourg
  • Commander: E. G. Diggle, R.D., R.N.R.
Passenger Manifest, Cunard Line RMS Aquitania - Aug 1929

1929-08-10 RMS Aquitania Passenger List

  • Steamship Line: Cunard Line
  • Class of Passengers: Tourist Third Cabin
  • Date of Departure: 10 August 1929
  • Route: Southampton to New York via Cherbourg
  • Commander: Captain W. Prothero
Front Cover, Cunard Line RMS Aquitania Tourist Third Cabin Passenger List - 31 August 1929.

1929-08-31 RMS Aquitania Passenger List

  • Steamship Line: Cunard Line
  • Class of Passengers: Tourist Third Cabin
  • Date of Departure: 31 August 1929
  • Route: Southampton to New York via Cherbourg
  • Commander: Captain E. G. Diggle, R.D., R.N.R.
Front Cover, Events Program for a September 1929 Voyage of the RMS Aquitania of the Cunard Line.

1929-09 Program of Events - RMS Aquitania

Program of Entertainment Events onboard the RMS Aquitania of the Cunard Line. Covers Monday through Thursday during a Voyage in September 1929. The program includes the names of passengers on the Entertainment Committee. Primary activities include Deck Tennis, Shuffleboard, Bullboard, Bridge, Ping-Pong, Horse Racing, and Dancing.

Front Cover, Cunard Line RMS Aquitania Tourist Third Cabin Passenger List - 29 January 1930.

1930-01-29 RMS Aquitania Passenger List

  • Steamship Line: Cunard Line
  • Class of Passengers: Tourist Third Cabin
  • Date of Departure: 29 January 1930
  • Route: Southampton to New York via Cherbourg
  • Commander: Captain E. G. Diggle, R.D., R.N.R.
Front Cover, Cunard Line RMS Aquitania First Class Passenger List - 5 April 1930.

1930-04-05 RMS Aquitania Passenger List

  • Steamship Line: Cunard Line
  • Class of Passengers: First Class
  • Date of Departure: 5 April 1930
  • Route: Southampton to New York via Cherbourg
  • Commander: Captain E. G. Diggle, R.D., R.N.R.
Front Cover, Cunard Line RMS Aquitania Second Class and Tourist Third Cabin Passenger List - 18 July 1931.

1931-07-18 RMS Aquitania Passenger List

  • Steamship Line: Cunard Line
  • Class of Passengers: Second Class and Tourist Third Cabin
  • Date of Departure: 18 July 1931
  • Route: Southampton to New York via Cherbourg
  • Commander: Captain E. G. Diggle, R.D., R.N.R.
Front Cover, Cunard Line RMS Aquitania Tourist Passenger List - 1 October 1932.

1932-10-01 RMS Aquitania Passenger List

  • Steamship Line: Cunard Line
  • Class of Passengers: Tourist
  • Date of Departure: 1 October 1932
  • Route: Southampton to New York via Cherbourg
  • Commander: Captain R. B. Irving, O.B.E., R.D., R.N.R.
Front Cover, RMS Aquitania Dinner Bill of Fare - 7 November 1933

1933-11-07 RMS Aquitania Farewell Dinner Menu

Vintage Farewell Dinner Bill of Fare from 7 November 1933 on board the RMS Aquitania of the Cunard Line featured Boiled Codfish -- Oyster Sauce, Croquettes of Veal and Ham, and Plum Pudding for dessert. Two Pages of autographs accompanied this Menu.

Front Cover, RMS Aquitania Passenger List - 18 September 1935

1935-09-18 RMS Aquitania Passenger List

  • Steamship Line: Cunard Line
  • Class of Passengers: Tourist
  • Date of Departure: 18 September 1935
  • Route: Southampton to New York via Cherbourg
  • Commander: Captain R. V. Peel, R.D., Commodore, R.N.R.
Front Cover, RMS Aquitania Farewell Dinner Bill of Fare - 23 September 1935

1935-09-23 RMS Aquitania Farewell Dinner Menu

Vintage Farewell Dinner Bill of Fare from 23 September 1935 on board the RMS Aquitania of the Cunard Line featured Supreme of Brill - Vin Blanc, Veal Pöjarskies, and Plum Pudding -- Brandy Sauce for dessert. The Bill of Fare included autographs and great graphics and lyrics for the song "Auld Lang Syne."

Kosher Luncheon Menu, RMS Aquitania, Cunard Line, 8 July 1936

1936-07-08 RMS Aquitania Kosher Luncheon Menu

Strictly Kosher Lunch Bill of Fare from the RMS Aquitania for Wednesday, 8 July 1936. Bill of Fare featured Baked Fresh Haddock, Omelette Portugaise and Frankfurters with Sauerkraut.

1939-06-07 Passenger Manifest for the RMS Aquitania

RMS Aquitania 7 June 1939 Passenger List

  • Steamship Line: Cunard Line
  • Class of Passengers: Tourist
  • Date of Departure: 7 June 1939
  • Route: Southampton to New York via Cherbourg
  • Commander: Captain J. C. Townley, R.D., R.N.R
Passenger Manifest, RMS Aquitania, September 9, 1939

1939-09-09 RMS Aquitania Passenger List

  • Steamship Line: Cunard Line
  • Class of Passengers: Cabin
  • Date of Departure: 9 September 1939
  • Route: Southampton to New York
  • Commander: Captain George Gibbons

 

Ephemera contained in the GG Archives collection represent the souvenirs provided to the passengers of each voyage. Many of these souvenir ephemeral items have disappeared over the years.

Our selection varies considerably by ship, and likely contains only a sampling of what was originally produced and printed by the steamship lines.

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Launching of the Cunard RMS Aquitania

The Cunard Steamship Company's newest and biggest express liner, Aquitania, was launched at Clydebank, Greenock, Monday, April 21st.

The Aquitania not only sets a new high water mark in the history of the Cunard company's wonderful progress, she also represents the Clyde's greatest achievement to date in mercantile shipbuilding, and the whole of Scotland is mightily proud of her.

The history of the Cunard company constitutes a record of steady advance in the science of shipbuilding, an advance which has been wisely and prudently maintained through the seventy-three years of the company's existence, and the result has been that as in 1840, when the Cunard line and the wooden Brittania, with its paddle-wheel, led the field, so in 1913 the company occupies a position and a popularity second to none.

Cunarders of wood, of iron, and of steel have been built on the Clyde, and for them the full rang** of steam engines—simple, compound, triple, quadruple and turbine. Steam pressures have risen from 9 pounds to 210 pounds per square inch, and powers from 740 i. h. p. to 70,000's h. p.

In length Clyde-built Cunarders have increased from 207 feet to over 900 feet. Speeds have increased from 8.5 knots to 26 knots, and passenger complements from less than 100 to between 3,000 and 4,000.

The history of the Clyde's modern shipbuilding industry might, indeed, be written from Cunard records, so close has been the association of the company and the river since the very beginning. It is not inappropriate, therefore, that Clyde people should be proud of the Aquitania.

The new Cunarder will, of course, be the largest vessel ever floated from a British shipbuilding yard, and to ensure the 50,000-ton monster taking the water safely preparations of a most extensive, not to say unique, character were made at Messrs. John Brown& Co.'s yard at Clydebank.

The area of the sliding ways was about 10,000 square feet, and the pressure about 2.6 tons per square foot. Though the new ship was built on the berth used by the Lusitania, the ground has had to be remade and lengthened, while to bear the huge load of steel the site has been piled and cross piled.

Over the cross piles have been placed layers of steel plates and then quantities of cement, especially towards the way-ends, where the pressure when the vessel is partly water borne will be terrific. It is, of course, essential that the ground should not yield an inch at any point.

Further, in order to provide room when the vessel is floated, quite a large piece of land was taken away from the opposite bank of the river. The depth of water in front of the slip was increased by dredging to allow for the dip of the liner's head as she entered the water.

The builders' fittingout basin at Clydebank has also had to be dredged to accommodate the liner when she is towed alongside for completion. The cost of all these preparations is, of course, enormous.

For the building of the Aquitania, Messrs. Brown & Co. designed and had built a number of powerful electric cranes, which were erected along each side of the building slip.

These are the first of their kind, and have proved highly efficient in dealing with the loads which had to be lifted and placed on board in almost the exact spots in which they were required.

In order to appreciate the exactness of this provision—and, by the way, its cost—it is necessary to see the system in operation. The fact that it is new and has been m evolved especially for the Aquitania illustrates the completeness of the organization at Clydebank, which has permitted of a concentration on one gigantic contract without affecting the operations of the establishment in any other direction.

In addition to the Aquitania, the Cunard company has two big liners, the Andania and the Alaunia, in course of completion, and a third, the Transylvania, is on the stocks. Of these, the two former, of 13,000 tons, are to run in the Canadian service, and will be in commission this summer.

They carry second cabin and third-class passengers only, and have been designed especially for the Canadian trade. There is one notable addition to their accommodation, a gymnasium, which has warranted its inclusion in the design from its popularity on the company's ships in the United States service.

The Transylvania is destined for the Mediterranean service, and will be of about 14,000 tons.

"The Latest Cunard Leviathan," in The American Marine Engineer, New York, Volume VIII, No. 5, May 1913, Pages 7-8.

The RMS Aquitania of the Cunard Line Receives Oil (Bunkering) from the Edward L. Doheny Oil Tanker.

The RMS Aquitania of the Cunard Line Receives Oil (Bunkering) from the Edward L. Doheny Oil Tanker. In Some Cases, the Tanker Runs into the Slip alongside of the Liner and Delivers her Cargo. Photo dates from 1921. GGA Image ID # 1421bcd67e

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