Posts by Rebecca
Liverpool writer George Garrett worked in the boiler rooms of Mauretania and called the ship “a big scouse boat”. Mauretania and her sister ship Lusitania, were the true ‘Monarchs of the Sea’ and were later affectionately known in Liverpool as ‘Maury’ and ‘Lucy’.
Mauretania was built by Swan Hunter of Newcastle for the Cunard Line and was one of their most successful liners. Cunard and its ships were a central part of Liverpool’s maritime story and the firm was based in the city. Cunard’s 1916 headquarters are one of the most recognisable buildings on the city’s waterfront and one of the iconic three graces.
Mauretania was a Liverpool ship through and through. She was a familiar sight at the landing stage and a link between Liverpool and New York, claiming the Blue Riband for the fastest transatlantic crossing – a record that she held for decades. Her crew were drawn from the streets around Liverpool’s waterfront communities and many of the city’s seafarers served their time at sea with her.
Her career is explored in the museum through a range of objects, including a vibrant painting in the Lusitania: life, loss, legacy exhibition showing ‘Maury’ in dazzle colours and in the painting Modern Liverpool by Walter Richards which is on display in the Titanic and Liverpool: the untold story exhibition. Modern Liverpool shows ‘Maury’ docking at the Liverpool landing stage, no doubt carrying excited passengers on a transatlantic adventure!
One of my favourite things about being a museum curator is finding new objects for the Merseyside Maritime Museum collection and one of the collections I am responsible for is the ship models.
The ship model collection is one of the most important at the Museum and the variety represented is vast, ranging from passenger ships to fishing craft. Ship models help to play an important role in recording and explaining Liverpool’s maritime history. These vessels were crucial to the life of the city through trade and passenger travel.
The model of Mauretania coming up for auction is an incredible record of one of Liverpool’s most iconic and best loved ships. These vessels helped to shape the city’s identity as a unique Atlantic passenger port. The men and women who worked at sea identified themselves with ships like Mauretania and created much of the character of the city. It would be great if we could bring her back to her home.
8 January 2014 by Rebecca
It has been nearly two years since this exhibition opened and we have been delighted by the public response to the Titanic and Liverpool: the untold story exhibition. I wanted to mention that the exhibition is still open, admission is free and it is worth a visit if you haven’t had the opportunity. We like to refresh the gallery with new displays when possible, the most recent being a new costume display.
Here is a post from assistant curator, Anna Ruchalska:-
Lady Duff Gordon’s dresses, which for almost two years were a very popular part of the Titanic exhibition, were returned to the Bath Fashion Museum today. The objects were replaced by beautiful evening dresses from the National Museum Liverpool’s Decorative Art collection. Both pieces were made by T&S Bacon of Bold Street, Liverpool and are Read more…
4 November 2013 by Rebecca
There was an impressive arrival at the Maritime Museum today, as the tall ship Stavros S Niarchos berthed outside the museum in the Canning Half Tide Basin. The British built vessel is a training ship operated by the Tall Ships Youth Trust and is due to spend the winter next to the museum.
There’s more info on the Trust and the Stavros S Niarchos, on the Tall Ships website.
31 October 2013 by Rebecca
Ben Whittaker, Curator of Port History, has some exciting news to share:-
“Congratulations to two of our longstanding volunteers on the Edmund Gardner Pilot ship, who have been honoured with national awards. James Dulson and George Collinson were awarded the prestigious Marsh Volunteer award which recognises outstanding volunteers in the conservation of historic vessels in the UK. George attended the awards ceremony on HMS Belfast in London which was presented by TV personality Julia Bradbury. Read more…
9 July 2013 by Rebecca
Today marks 60 years to the day since the former pilot ship Edmund Gardner was launched. For 28 years the Edmund Gardner was used as base at sea for Liverpool pilots, who would be transferred from the Edmund Gardner to inbound ships to guide them into Liverpool, or off ships they had guided out of the port. Read more…
29 May 2013 by Rebecca
Today marks the anniversary of the sinking of ‘Empress of Ireland’, which sank on 29 May 1914 at around 2.30am.
‘Empress of Ireland’, along with her sister ship ‘Empress of Britain’, were built for the Canadian Pacific line. They provided a weekly service from Liverpool in 1906. They quickly became popular due to their speed, size and comfort.
On her last journey, the ‘Empress of Ireland’ set off from Quebec, Canada, and collided with the Norwegian ship ‘Storstad’ in thick fog in the Saint Lawrence River. The ‘Empress of Ireland’ sank within 15 minutes and 1,012 passengers and crew lost their lives only a few miles from the shore. Read more…
Lorna Hyland, Assistant Librarian at the Merseyside Maritime Museum Archives shares this update:
Liverpool’s Literary Festival, “In Other Words” is now drawing to a close and as the festival celebrated the city’s reputation for producing much loved story-tellers, poets, authors and playwrights, I thought I’d mention the library at the Merseyside Maritime Museum. Read more…
Everyone at the Merseyside Maritime Museum welcomes the arrival of a very impressive and grand visitor to Liverpool. Cunard’s Queen Mary II docked at the pier head landing stage in the early hours of this morning. It’s the first time in forty five years that passengers can sail on a Cunard liner from the Pier head waterfront.
Pulling up at the lights during my commute into the office, the QM2 dwarves the neighbouring buildings and certainly has the wow factor with her classic red funnel. Read more…
14 November 2012 by Rebecca
Ian Murphy, Curator of Martime History and Deputy Head of the Merseyside Maritime Museum reports:
Seafaring is a perilous occupation and this year the world has commemorated the lives lost in the sinking of Titanic. 10 years after this disaster however, another White Star ship was involved in dramatic events that had a much happier outcome.
90 year’s ago today, the White Star liner Pittsburgh under the command of Captain Thomas Jones was involved in the rescue of all 45 crew members of the Italian ship Monte Grappa in the mid Atlantic. Read more…
12 October 2012 by Rebecca
There are still events happening for the centenary year of Titanic’s sinking for people who are interested in the tragic tale of the ship. Ian Murphy, Deputy Director of Merseyside Maritime Museum is speaking at the Titanic Talks event organised by the Institute of Irish Studies at the University of Liverpool at 6pm on 16 October along with Dr John Foster of Queen’s University, Belfast. Read more…