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£38k Funding for Centenary of Mauretania Launch

MauretaniaTyne & Wear Archives Service has been awarded £38,000 by the Heritage Lottery Fund for a year-long celebration of the centenary of the launch of the liner Mauretania from Swan Hunter’s shipyard in September 1906.

Highlight of the year will be a joint exhibition with Tyne & Wear Museums, featuring relics of the ship as well as documents and images from the archives. The exhibition will open at the Discovery Museum on 20 September, 100 years to the day since Mauretania slid down the slipway into the Tyne.

Throughout the year local people of all ages will have the chance to contribute memories and thoughts on Mauretania and Tyne shipbuilding, and to learn more about the yards and men for whose pride, skill and energy the ship has become an emblem.

The project manager is Peter Hepplewhite who said “We’re delighted that the Heritage Lottery Fund is supporting this project as we know that Mauretania means a huge amount to local people.”

Keith Bartlett, Heritage Lottery Fund Regional Manager for the North
East, said: "This proud symbol of ship building on the Tyne has a fascinating history. The exhibition will help a completely new generation celebrate her part in world events and share the memories of the industry that built her."

Mauretania made her maiden voyage to New York in 1907, capturing the Blue Riband on the return journey. During the First World War she served as a troop and hospital ship, then became a cruise liner, before being broken up at Rosyth in 1935.

For more information, or to contribute to the project, please contact Colin Boyd (e-mail colinboyd@gateshead.gov.uk) tel. 0191 277 2243

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