LINERS| R.M.S. Majestic, 1914-1943

MajesticThis postcard depicts the R.M.S. Majestic, flagship of the White Star Line from 1922 until the 1930 merger with Cunard.

She held the title of the world’s largest liner from her entry into service in 1922 until the advent of the French Line’s Normandie in the spring of 1935. Weighing in at 56,551 tons with a length of 956 feet, a breadth of 100 feet and a draft of 38 feet, the Majestic was known as the “Magic Stick” by her admirers.

The last of the great trio planned by the Germans in the early 1910s for the Hamburg-America Line. They were to be the Imperator, the Vaterland and the Bismarck. The Imperator sailed for New York for the first time in the spring of 1913. The Vaterland followed a year later. When World War I broke out, work on the Bismarck was halted. All three were surrendered in reparation talks. The Imperator went to Cunard to compensate the line’s loss of the Lusitania in 1915. The Americans took on the Vaterland, left in Hoboken at the start of the war and renamed her the Leviathan. White Star, which lost its Britannic to a mine in the Aegean in November 1916.

The Majestic was immensely popular in the 1920s and remained so through the Depression, which saw her take on a good deal of cheap cruises from New York and elsewhere. Cunard-White Star sold her to scrappers in Iverkeithing, Scotland in February 1936, but she was saved from the torch by the British Admiralty which rechristened her as the Caledonia and used her as a training ship at Rosyth until the start of World War II. She was deliberately beached and caught fire on Sept. 29, 1939. Her final, heavily damaged remains were broken up in 1943.

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