ROYAL MAIL SHIPS
The spoons in this exhibited were contributed to the Spoon and Silver
Museum by Susan Jay Shellberg.
We wish to thank her for this generous contribution.
All of the spoons pictured above are either silver plated or gold
1. RMS Andania -- a 13405 ton British passenger and cargo ship launched
in 1913. Active as a transatlantic cruise liner and a troop ship in
World War 1.
2. RMS Caronia-- a 34183 ton British Cunard White Star Line ship
launched in 1947 (aka Green Goddess)
3. RMS Brittanic-- The largest of the British Cunard White
Star Line ships and the sister ship of the Titanic and Olympic. She was
launched just before World War 1 and converted to a hospital ship in
The Brittanic was destroyed by an explosion in November of 1916. This
was the largest ship destroyed in World War 1 and is currently the
largest passenger ship on the sea floor. Of the 1065 people on board,
1035 survived the explosion and sinking.
4. RMS Queen Elizabeth-- A British Cunard line passenger, and
sister ship of the Queen Mary, was launched in 1938 and named for Queen
Consort of King George VI. She was larger than the Queen Mary and was
the largest passenger ship for 56 years. Her first assignment was as a
troop transport ship during World War 2.
5. RMS Homeric -- Originally named the Columbus, this
German ship was launched in 1913. In 1919 the ship was given to Great
Britain as part of the World War 1 German Reparations Package and then
sold to the White Star line who renamed the ship 'Homeric'. Her
sister ship is the Hindenburg, which was renamed 'Columbus'. The ship
was removed from service in 1935
6. RMS Mauretania
At her September, 1906 launch, the Mauretania was the world's largest
ship until 1911 (RMS Olympic)
The Mauretania was also the fastest ship until 1929 and claimed several
speed records for over 20 years.
The Mauretania was named after an ancient Roman province on the
northwest African Coast. She was retired in 1934.
Her sister ship was the famous Lusitania (sunk in 1915 by a German
7. RMS Regina
Launched in 1917, The Regina was a British passenger and troop
transport ship in both of the World Wars.
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