Cunard Line “S S Servia” Original Litho Poster circa 1890 ULTRA RARE – first €300 secures!
“Water damage (see scan) and a small tear – repaired eons ago. I have had it scanned and touched up for my own use (see 2nd scan below) and it cleans up very nicely. I understand that the watermark can be removed but it’s expensive and not for me. It is what it is and extremely rare in any condition. The paper is heavy and in strong condition.”
Purchased at an auction in the Isle of Man in 1999 and believed to have come from the offices of the Isle of Man Steam Packet Company.
SS Servia, also known as RMS Servia, was a successful transatlantic passenger and mail steamer of revolutionary design, built by J & G Thomson of Clydebank (later John Brown & Company) and launched in 1881. She was the first large ocean liner to be built of steel instead of iron, and the first Cunard ship to have an electric lighting installation. For these and other reasons, maritime historians often consider Servia to be the first “modern” ocean liner.
Launched on 1 March 1881, Servia was the first of Cunard’s new breed of ocean liners. She was the second largest ship in the world at 515 feet long and 52.1 feet wide, surpassed only by Brunel’s SS Great Eastern. With her design and construction guided by admiralty specifications, Servia had many features that satisfied the requirements for her to be placed high on the admiralty’s reserve list of the armed auxiliary cruisers, where she could be called into service in times of war.
Full details here: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/SS_Servia
Poster is large (27″ x 40″) and can be collected from Enniscorthy or sent by courier/insured mail.
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