Transport: Old Girl

For four years a blunt-nosed, puffinlike paddle steamer has chuffed and tootled around the Isle of Wight, the emeraldy little English-Channel island few miles off the Hampshire coast. Proud was the paddle boat's name: Mauretania. Thus

Cunard White Star Line kept this great name afloat, lest others filch it.

Last week the little regent's day of glory set as the third Mauretania, sleek as a porpoise, eased her 35,700 tons away from the Liverpool docks, glided into New York Harbor 6 days, 18 hours, 57 minutes later.

As much in salutation to the memory of England's well-loved "Old Girl" (scrapped in 1935) as in...

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