Cunard welcomes John & # 39; Jack & # 39; Jenkins MBE – one of his surviving former crew members

A 99-year-old who had served as a piccolo at Cunard at the age of 14 is welcomed back on board to inspect the crew – and shows how much marine life has changed

  • John & # 39; Jack & # 39; Jenkins MBE joined the Cunard Steamship Company in 1933 as a piccolo and a lift operator
  • He worked on board the superliner RMS Mauretania, one of the fastest passenger ships
  • Mr. Jenkins remembered his travels on Mauretania while aboard Cunard & # 39; s iconic ocean liner Queen Mary 2
  • The experienced employee was welcomed to mark the start of the centenary of Cunard
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When 99-year-old John & # 39; Jack & # 39; Jenkins MBE joined the Cunard Steamship Company in 1933 as a piccolo and elevator driver aboard the superliner RMS Mauretania – only 14 years old – life at sea was very different.

& # 39; I remember one of my first journeys when we sailed to the West Indies, & # 39; he said. & # 39; When we arrived at the port, I had to walk on deck with a gong, because we didn't have a PA system at that time, and hit the gong and say "all visitors ashore, all visitors ashore." # 39;

Mr. Jenkins, who recently gave a moving speech at the D-Day memorial ceremony in Portsmouth, remembered his travels across Mauretania while aboard Cunard & # 39; s iconic ocean boat Queen Mary 2 in Southampton during a festive lunch organized by Captain Aseem Hashmi.

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A shipping-to-back shipping slip: John & # 39; Jack & # 39; Jenkins MBE joined the Cunard Steamship Company in 1933 as a piccolo aboard the RMS Mauretania. Cunard welcomed him back to mark the start of his centenary. He had lunch aboard the Queen Mary 2 in Southampton and inspected the piccolos & # 39; s (photo)

A shipping-to-back shipping slip: John & # 39; Jack & # 39; Jenkins MBE joined the Cunard Steamship Company in 1933 as a piccolo aboard the RMS Mauretania. Cunard welcomed him back to mark the start of his centenary. He had lunch aboard the Queen Mary 2 in Southampton and inspected the piccolos & # 39; s (photo)

Mr. Jenkins depicted in his Cunard uniform in 1933

Mr. Jenkins depicted in his Cunard uniform in 1933

Mr. Jenkins recently delivered a moving speech at the D-Day memorial ceremony in Portsmouth

Mr. Jenkins recently delivered a moving speech at the D-Day memorial ceremony in Portsmouth

Mr. Jenkins introduced himself in his Cunard uniform when he was 14 (left). He recently gave a moving speech during the D-Day memorial ceremony in Portsmouth

Mauretania I was launched on September 20, 1906 and could carry 563 in the first class, 464 in the second class and 1,138 in the third class

Mauretania I was launched on September 20, 1906 and could carry 563 in the first class, 464 in the second class and 1,138 in the third class

Mauretania I was launched on September 20, 1906 and could carry 563 in the first class, 464 in the second class and 1,138 in the third class

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The experienced employee, whose job was to open the doors for first-class passengers in the dining room, was welcomed back to mark the start of Cunard's centenary, which really fit.

In November, the cruise line celebrates 100 years of sailing from the city of Southampton – the month that Mr Jenkins turns 100.

To be precise, in November a century since the record-breaking Mauretania Cunard & # 39; s Southampton marks the start of a transatlantic service connecting the Hampshire shipping hub to New York City.

The dining room in the Mauretania, depicted in 1907

The dining room in the Mauretania, depicted in 1907

A photo from 1907 of one of the suites in the Mauretania

A photo from 1907 of one of the suites in the Mauretania

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The dining room in the Mauretania, depicted in 1907 (left). A picture from 1907 of one of the suites in Mauritania (right)

The Mauretania was launched by the Duchess of Roxburghe. It was a quadruple propeller driven by direct-driven steam turbines. It is pictured here in 1907 near Liverpool

The Mauretania was launched by the Duchess of Roxburghe. It was a quadruple propeller driven by direct-driven steam turbines. It is pictured here in 1907 near Liverpool

The Mauretania was launched by the Duchess of Roxburghe. It was a quadruple propeller driven by direct-driven steam turbines. It is pictured here in 1907 near Liverpool

In 1919, Mauretania was the fastest passenger ship in service and since 1909 had the prestigious Blue Riband for the fastest westward and eastward transatlantic crossings – records that first broke on a return flight to New York from Liverpool.

After Mauretania had retired in 1934, Mr. Jenkins served aboard the Cunard ship Ascania until the outbreak of the Second World War.

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He joined the war effort and fought on D-Day in 1945, before returning to the UK to make a career in the merchant fleet.

An advertisement for Cunard that appeared in the US There has been a strong link between Cunard and New York for 100 years

An advertisement for Cunard that appeared in the US There has been a strong link between Cunard and New York for 100 years

An advertisement for Cunard that appeared in the US There has been a strong link between Cunard and New York for 100 years

This advertisement sells the Mauretania like a ship with & # 39; expert chefs and good food & # 39; and & # 39; excellent salons & # 39;

This advertisement sells the Mauretania like a ship with & # 39; expert chefs and good food & # 39; and & # 39; excellent salons & # 39;

This advertisement sells the Mauretania like a ship with & # 39; expert chefs and good food & # 39; and & # 39; excellent salons & # 39;

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While aboard the Queen Mary 2, the captain invited Mr. Jenkins to inspect the ship's bellboys – to ensure that they met the high standards of the Cunard service of the 1930s.

They easily passed the inspection.

Captain Hashmi said: & It was a great honor to welcome Mr. Jenkins to the Cunard family. It felt like a very appropriate way to start our centenary here in Southampton, and of course to congratulate Mr. Jenkins on such a special milestone birthday that he will celebrate later this year.

& # 39; The members of the shipping company and I enjoyed listening to stories about how life was on board, and we look forward to the opportunity to do this again. & # 39;

Captain Hashmi with Mr. Jenkins aboard the Queen Mary 2. Captain Hashmi said: & It was a great honor to welcome Mr. Jenkins back to the Cunard family. It felt like a very fitting way to start our centenary & # 39;

Captain Hashmi with Mr. Jenkins aboard the Queen Mary 2. Captain Hashmi said: & It was a great honor to welcome Mr. Jenkins back to the Cunard family. It felt like a very fitting way to start our centenary & # 39;

Captain Hashmi with Mr. Jenkins aboard the Queen Mary 2. Captain Hashmi said: & It was a great honor to welcome Mr. Jenkins back to the Cunard family. It felt like a very fitting way to start our centenary & # 39;

In November, Queen Mary 2 (photo) will make a historic transatlantic crossing from Southampton to New York

In November, Queen Mary 2 (photo) will make a historic transatlantic crossing from Southampton to New York

In November, Queen Mary 2 (photo) will make a historic transatlantic crossing from Southampton to New York

Departing on November 19, 2019, Queen Mary 2 will make a historic transatlantic crossing from Southampton to New York – as a tribute to the age-long relationship between the city and Cunard.

Guests on this one festive trip will go into the past thanks to a traveling maritime exhibition from the Sea City Museum in Southampton, as well as a series of enrichment lectures on board.

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Maritime historian and author Chris Frame will be accompanied by local history expert Penny Legg, each presenting a series of unique conversations about the long and illustrious history of Cunard and Southampton.

THE ILLUSTRIAL HISTORY OF ONE OF THE GREATEST OCEAN COMPANIES IN GREAT BRITAIN

The Mauretania made its first trip from Liverpool on November 16, 1907. It is shown here that year

The Mauretania made its first trip from Liverpool on November 16, 1907. It is shown here that year

The Mauretania made its first trip from Liverpool on November 16, 1907. It is shown here that year

Mauretania I (a second Mauretania was launched in 1938) was launched on September 20, 1906 and could carry 563 in the first class, 464 in the second class and 1,138 in the third class.

It was built in response to the Nordeutschip Kaiser Wilhelm der Grosse and took over the Blue Riband (an unofficial award for the passenger ship crossing the Atlantic in the shortest possible time) from Cunard & Campania and Lucania. 1897.

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By 1903 an agreement had been reached whereby the government would lend £ 2,600,000 to Cunard to build two ships capable of making 24 to 25 knots. In addition, they agreed to make an annual payment to Cunard on condition that the two ships were able to be armed and that the government would have a claim on their services in times of national emergencies. And indeed, the ship was used to transport troops in the First World War.

The Mauretania was launched by the Duchess of Roxburghe. It was a quadruple propeller driven by direct-driven steam turbines. Although the propulsion mechanism was identical to that of the Lusitania, two changes gave the Mauretania a slight lead over its sister. The diameter of the propeller blades was slightly larger and the turbines were equipped with more rows of blades.

The Mauretania made its first voyage from Liverpool on November 16, 1907. Heavy storms and heavy fog hampered the first voyage, but the ship arrived in New York on time on November 22. The ship had left Liverpool on 2 May 1908 when it was thought that it had hit a sunken object. The propeller blades were damaged and Cunard took advantage of the situation and replaced both inner axes with four-blade propellers. A refit was also performed at Canada's Graving Dock later that year.

The following voyage left Liverpool on January 23, 1909. In April of that year, Mauretania had captured both the eastward and westward records and retained the Blue Riband for 20 years, until July 1929.

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