The golden age of the British passenger ship is often said to have been between the late 19th century and the 1960s, when increasing emigration and trade created a market for fast, comfortable ships. "At the turn of the century, alongside her vast geographic empire, the British flag flew from more ships than any other," says William Miller, author of Great British Passenger Ships. This is the White Star Line's Adriatic, a 24,000-ton ship which came into service in 1907
Mise à flot du paquebot "Le France" au chantier naval de Saint-Nazaire 11/05/1960 I was there, it was very impressive .
The Mauretania was the sister ship of the RMS Lucitania which was sunk by a German U-boat during WWI. The British (and later Canadians) conscripted her for service. She first served as a troop carrier and then became a hospital. She was taken out of service in 1934 and dismantled for parts. Cunard Line.
[JANUARY 1966]: TS 'Queen Mary' in dry dock, Southampton, 6 January 1966.