NOTHING NEW UNDER THE SUN (ALMOST)
25th August, 1924 : The Mauretania has set a new record for crossing the Atlantic at the ripe old age of 17 years. The Cunard liner completed the official 3,198-mile crossing in five days one hour and thirty-five minutes at an average speed of about 30 miles an hour, beating her previous record made 14 years ago before her conversion to oil-fired boilers. So confident was her Master in her performance that his estimate of arriving in Cherbourg was only three minutes out.
[ The Mauretania’s previous record was achieved with an average speed of 23.69 knots (43.87 km/h). Of some interest to the rusted-on socialists could be the fact that in 1923, when a major re-fitting was begun in Southampton and where Mauretania’s turbines were dismantled, the halfway through the overhaul the shipyard workers went on strike and the work was halted. Cunard had the ship towed to Cherbourg, France where the work was completed. ]