Transport: Last of a Queen

Last week the fastest British ship in service was sold to the knackers for £80,000 to be broken up for scrap. Because she was the world's biggest, longest, fastest liner at her launching in 1907, because for nearly a quarter-century she flew the Blue Ribbon speed pennant of the North Atlantic, the passing of R. M. S. Mauretania marked for many an ocean-going oldster the end of an era.

If the event saddened many, it surprised few. As she aged, the Mauretania grew more & more expensive to operate. Two years ago her...