#54717, "RE: Mauretania bridge top mystery structure " In response to In response to 25
I can't recall the feature I spotted which suggested or indicated 1913 to me, and you obviously may well be correct about date, but re boats they are not lifeboats but apparent collapsibles or just simple rafts perhaps 3 feet in height - low enough that they might not show at all in profile. I have a photo from November 1913 looking up the port side from the aft docking bridge and they almost appear recessed - they also take up half to two-thirds of the boat deck aft. The look like thin lobster traps with pontoons on either side, simply lashed down in single and double rows but very low. I am not certain when the three or four not-davited boats were added amidships - mid to late 1912? I see now in some Gladstone images there are no additional lifeboats between the original sets of four and four as in one of my candids - but some in the published versions. I now expect the temporary boats were removed and some of the photograph at Gladstone show the installation process half done. Looking at July 1913 there are obvious differences there as well so the situation must have been in flux with perhaps 2-3 appearances. The nested boats are installed and the rafts gone by August 6th, 1914 from what I can see soI am thinking Gladstone. The photo that I suggested is 3rd arrival, I recognized the Albertype card immediately from just the crop you posted. That's a fairly tough card. Is yours also an advertisement to have private cards printed? In that image I recall the visual clue was not on the M but rather on land, and I likely used an additional photo or photos to triangulate it. I'm sorry I can't recall more right now - my mom is in the hospital and I am running around like crazy. Too much stress clouding my mind and memory.