Royal Mail Ship
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Lusitania was a British
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designed by Leonard Peskett
Leonard Peskett, OBE was the Cunard Line's Senior Naval Architect and Designer and the designer of sister ships RMS Mauretania and RMS Lusitania, as well as their 'half-sister,' RMS Aquitania, and the RMS Carmania....
and built by John Brown and Company of Clydebank
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. The ship entered passenger service with the Cunard Line
Cunard Line is a British-American owned shipping company based at Carnival House in Southampton, England and operated by Carnival UK. It has been a leading operator of passenger ships on the North Atlantic for over a century...
on 26 August 1907 and continued on the line's heavily-traveled passenger service between Liverpool, England and New York City
New York City
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, which included a port of call at Queenstown (now Cobh
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) Ireland on westbound crossings and Fishguard, Wales on eastbound crossings.