Celebrating Amble's connection with ship

A special day to honour Amble's connection with the RMS Mauretania was staged earlier this month.

Tuesday, 11th July 2017, 12:00 pm
David Weddle was delighted to show off his Morgan sports car at the Mauretania Day in Amble. Picture by Jane Coltman

In July 1935, the vessel passed Amble on her final journey to the breakers yard.

As she did, the clerk to Amble Urban Council sent the captain a message: ‘Amble to Mauretania. Greetings from Amble, last port in England, to still the finest ship on the seas.’

A brass band entertains the crowd at the Mauretania Day in Amble. Picture by Jane Coltman

Back came the reply: ‘Mauretaina to Urban Council, Amble, to the last and kindliest port in England, greetings and thanks. Mauretania.’

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Decades of retelling this story has meant that kindliest has turned into friendliest; which is why Amble is known as The Friendliest Port.

To honour this, the town’s harbour village held a Mauretania Day at the start of July, with a 1930s theme and featuring vintage vehicles, music and random acts of kindliness throughout the day. The event was branded a success.

Launched in 1906, the Mauretania was the world’s largest ship until the completion of RMS Olympic in 1911, as well as the fastest until 1929.

A brass band entertains the crowd at the Mauretania Day in Amble. Picture by Jane Coltman