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In 1837, the Sirius and Great Western raced across the Atlantic, and steamships came of age. From then till 1953, when the SS United States won the Blue Riband, only 35 vessels have held the record. Twenty-five have been British, with five German, three American and one French and one Italian liner. From Sirius to the United States, the winners have been legendary and include Brunel’s Great Western, Cunard’s Queen Mary and Mauretania, the American Arctic, the Normandie and the Rex.
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Janette McCutcheon was born in Scotland, and lived close to Clydebank, home of some of the most famous ships ever constructed, including three of Cunard's famous Queens. She has written many books on maritime history and regularly sails the seven seas lecturing aboard cruise ships. She has appeared on BBC's The Scots at Sea and acted as consultant to Channel 4's Speed Machines and various Discovery Channel programmes on ocean liners. Janette has one of the largest collections of Cunard and White Star memorabilia in the UK, including postcards, photos, posters and items from on board White Star and Cunard ocean liners.
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