RMS Aquitania ocean liner (Minic Ships 705)
RMS Aquitania ocean liner (Minic Ships 705)(i)
A 1:1200 first-issue model of the RMS Aquitania ocean liner, Cunard's later, larger, more expensively decorated companion to the Lusitania and Mauretania. The model is part of the Tri-Ang Minic range produced between 1959 and 1964, catalogue number M705.
1960 catalogue description:
M 705 R.M.S. AQUITANIA – Cunard Line, 4 screws, 47,000 tons, 901 feet long, 24 knots. She ran for 37 years on the Atlantic service with a consistency of speed that, amongst other attributes, earned her the title of the "Aristocrat of the Atlantic". She was broken up in 1952. Length 9 3⁄32 inches (23.1 cm)
The Original ship
All three ships had four funnels. Although not as fast as the two previous Cunard liners, it was designed to be better equipped to compete with more luxurious, larger ships such as the RMS Titanic and Brittanic, and its wider berth allowed more room for extravangant public rooms, earning the liner the nickname "The Ship Beautiful".
The Aquitania served as a troop and people transporter in both WW1 and WW2, and during WW1 also served as a hospital ship (as "HMHS Aquitania").
The ship was reckoned to be the longest-serving ocean liner before the QE2 – it launched in 1913, its maiden voyage was in 1914, and it wasn't finally withdrawn until 1949 (scrapped in 1950).
- Aquitania History (thecunarders.co.uk)
- RMS Aquitania specifications (ocean-liners.com)
- Cunarder RMS Aquitania Historical Society (cunarderrmsaquitania.weebly.com)