1st. thus, 1970. 208 pp., Illustrated with photographs, diagrams, plans, etc., viz: frontis., 11, + 165, + 9 + IX (with plates V to IX fldg.). D.j., 25 x 19cm. V.G.+. A facsimile of the Special Number of The Shipbuilder published in 1907 to celebrate the launching of Cunard’s two new Atlantic luxury giants, LUSITANIA and MAURETANIA. Profusely illustrated with photographs, diagrams and plans : extra illustrations and material appear in an Epilogue providing histories of both ships to the end of their days. The book provides detailed descriptions of the construction, fittings, machinery and interiors of these express liners built for the Liverpool – New York service. MAURETANIA enjoyed a long and distinguished career in peace and war ; she was one of the best-loved holders of the Blue Riband. Her sister, LUSITANIA, was less fortunate and was sunk by a U-boat whilst bound for Liverpool, with great loss of life after only eight years of service. Her sinking heralded a new and brutal age of war waged against innocent civilians.