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GWR Hardback Ships Library Book, 'Holiday Haunts 1936'. Issued by the company to the White Star Shipping Line for use in the library of the RMS Majestic. Sea green hardback cover with gold lettering Holiday Haunts Season - 1936. White Star Line RMS Majestic - England, Wales, Channel Islands & Isle Of Man together with the twin shield crest. Also on the binding Holiday Haunts 1936 and GWR. It is in extremely good condition and retains the rear wallet containing the GWR map. The Majestic, the second ship to carry the name, started life in 1910 when Albert Ballin of Germany's Hamburg America Line (Hapag), conceived a trio of great liners to rival Cunard's Lusitania, Mauretania and Aquitania and White Star's Olympic, Titanic and Gigantic (later renamed Britannic). The third of these, Bismarck, was laid down at the Blohm & Voss shipyard in Hamburg in 1913, and launched in 1914. Bismarck lay uncompleted at Hamburg throughout World War I and was ceded to Great Britain as a war reparation in 1919. Her sister ships suffered the same fate with Imperator becoming Cunard's Berengaria and Vaterland the United States Lines' Leviathan. Re-fitting took place and was finally completed in March 1922. Although her new owner (White Star) and new name (Majestic) were already known, she was completed in Hapag's colors and with the name Bismarck on her bow and stern. After her sea trials, she was formally turned over to White Star and, while still at Hamburg, was repainted and renamed. Her maiden voyage from Southampton to New York, was on 10 May 1922. At 56,551 tons, Majestic was the largest ship in the world, and would retain that distinction until Normandie's arrival in 1935. In 1934, she, like Berengaria, became part of Cunard White Star. Her final transatlantic crossing was February 1936.

Auction: May 2005, Lot: 193
Sold for: GBP£260