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The interior design was entrusted to Harold Peto, architect, and W Turner Lord & Co of London received an order for most of the 1st Class accommodation. C Mellier & Co., another London firm, fitted out the 1st Class lounge and library while Robson & Co., a local company, fitted out the children’s room and the special staterooms. It is also often overlooked that the shipyard’s own workforce carried out the bulk of the fitting out work in 2nd & 3rd Class accommodation. The entire ship was fitted out to very high standards and the publications of the time went to great lengths to promote the opulence and luxury of the accommodation.
Twenty eight different woods were used , furnishings and tapestries were hand made and the entire décor was the height of  Edwardian taste. One of the innovative features was the provision of a Verandah Café on the boat deck where coffee could be taken in the open air protected from the elements, a feature that almost every ocean liner since has included in their design. During the fitting out a very sophisticated publicity campaign ran to implant the image of size, speed and luxury in the minds of the public. When MAURETANIA was launched she was the largest moving structure ever built.
Second Class Lounge
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