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Style at Sea exhibition celebrates the golden age of ocean travel

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The golden age of the ocean liner is the subject of a new summer exhibition at the Scottish Maritime Museum in Irvine, which runs until 25 September.

The Style at Sea exhibition tells the story of the Cunard Line and Clydebank shipbuilder John Brown and Company, which together gave the world some of the most famous and luxurious liners of the 20th century.
 

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Visitors can explore how these magnificent Clyde-built Cunard ships evolved from immigrant passenger boats to opulent floating palaces, attracting Hollywood glamour and royalty who flocked to enjoy their luxury and legendary service.

The exhibition looks at how these vessels served in wartime, outrunning the enemy with their sheer speed. It concludes with the world’s most iconic, and last, great liner, the QE2, which set sail 50 years ago this September.

Changing times for passengers

Chris Walker, Events and Exhibitions Officer at the Scottish Maritime, said: “It’s hard to believe that when Cunard launched in 1840, passengers like Charles Dickens washed their own plates and took their fresh milk from a live cow hung above the deck by a system of ropes! Then, of course, the company was known as the ‘British and North American Royal Mail Steam-Packet Company’ and their focus was on the reliable delivery of post.
 
“Style at Sea charts the fascinating journey of the Cunard Line which, working with John Brown and Company, overcame the challenges of two world wars and the Great Depression to launch luxury cruising which is so popular today.”
 
Festival of Museums - Style at Sea: A Night of Cocktails, Dancing and Glamour
Saturday 20 May, 7.30pm – 10.30pm
 
To celebrate the Festival of Museums, the Scottish Maritime Museum invites everyone to set sail for an evening of glamour. Guests can dance the night away to the tunes of Eliot Murray and his band, enjoy stylish cocktails, jive with Fly Right Dance, get glamorous with Pin Up Vintage Hair and Make Up and capture the evening in the Bygone Photobooth.
 
Admission: £15. Tickets are available online on Eventbrite or by telephoning the Museum on 01294 278283. Booking fees may apply.
 

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