Aquitania Travel Advertising Poster
|Genre 2:||Ships & Shipping|
|Size:||38" x 22"|
|Country of Poster:||US|
|Additional Information:|| Aquitania, one of the greatest of all ocean liners, was built for Cunard by John Brown & Co., and was launched in 1913. After her maiden voyage from Liverpool to New York on May 30, 1914, she made only 2 more Atlantic crossings before World War I began. During the war she served as an armed merchant cruiser, a hospital ship and a troop transport. She returned to commercial service in June 1919, but later that year was taken out of service, refitted and converted from coal to oil.
In 1920, Cunard followed White Star's lead and moved its principal New York service from Liverpool to Southampton, which became Aquitania's new home. In 1931, she became the first liner to accomplish a two week turnaround between trips across the Atlantic, departing Southampton on 7 and 21 July.
When World War II began, she was again called into service as a troop transport, one of a small number of ships to serve in both World Wars.
In 1948-49, Aquitania was placed on a Southampton-Halifax austerity route; her last transatlantic crossing was from Halifax (departing November 24, 1949) to Southampton (arriving December 1, 1949).
In 1950, after making 443 transatlantic roundtrips, steaming over 3 million miles and carrying almost 1.2 million passengers over a 35 year career, Aquitania was scrapped.
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