On the evening of 16th November 1907 MAURETANIA left the Princess Landing Stage in Liverpool at the start of her maiden voyage helped on her way by the crowd of at least 50,000 well wishers. After a call at Queenstown, Ireland, she headed out into the North Atlantic for the first time into the teeth of a westerly gale. The poor weather combined with fog of the east coast of America prevented the vessel from breaking the speed record and she arrived in New York with broken windows and bent railings. Her first eastbound voyage was more successful and she arrived in Queenstown 4 days,22 hours and 29 minutes after passing the Ambrose Light, an average speed of 23.69 knots. This gave MAURETANIA the Blue Riband for the eastbound crossing which she retained, with small increases in speed, until 1929.