Built for Cunard Line, the RMS Aquitania serviced Southampton-New York. Shortly after her launching in 1913 she was commissioned into World War I as an auxiliary cruiser and then as a troopship, carrying over 30,000 troops in a three month period. She also served as a troopship in World War II, making her the only Cunard ship to serve in both world wars. When not at war, she resumed her transatlantic services and was quite popular, especially among the rich and famous. In the end, she logged over 3 million miles and 1.2 million passengers in her lifetime.
This painting shows this beautiful four funnel liner approaching New York in 1924. As a point of interest to the painter, Jim's aunt and uncle met on board RMS Aquitania during WWII en route to England and married upon their return to the United States.
Passenger lists from external site: www.gjenvick.com:
Westbound Aquitania Passenger List 25 June 1921
Westbound Aquitania Passenger List 26 November 1927
Westbound Aquitania Passenger List 10 August 1929
Westbound Aquitania Passenger List 7 June 1939
Westbound Aquitania Passenger List 9 September 1939