In November 1907 the publication American Scientific stated that, 'For the construction of the Mauretania some 6,000 working drawings were made, of which more than half concerned the ship and the rest the engine equipment'. Alan, my colleague at Tyne and Wear, has experience of such a volume and offered that many are renderings of specific nuts, screw threads and the like. The most popular plans available on-line are the Wikipedia ones, very basic but with enough information to make a start.
At this stage I've spent several hours studying the images and visualising the room so I'm quite excited to view the full plans. At Tyne and Wear Archives there are two different types available for view in the searchroom. For those who've never visited the searchroom offers extra long tables for viewing plans with a selection of weights for holding down their curly edges, its also flooded with natural light being on the corner of the Discovery Museum.
Shot of the Deck plans in the searchroom
My colleague Rachel worked on the Swan Hunters cataloguing project and is aiding me by pointing out some of the archive materials I need.
The first plans Rachel's highlighted are DS.SWH/4/PL/X/XXX/X (above left) they are a 'like for like' copy from pencil originals, this makes them very faint. There is a plan for each floor and they show basic room layouts and distances measured from the stern. They appear to be early renderings done prior to Peto's interior design, the Smoking Room differs in the 2nd interior and bench style sofas are in place instead of the booths in the main interior.
The second plans DS.SWH/4/PL/3/735/5 (left) offer much more information, their interior layouts are immediately recognisable when viewed with the plate images. Again there is a plan for each floor with distances measured from the stern, they offer no other specific measurements but their scale is given as an 1/8th of an inch to 1 foot.
Detail from the plans showing some of the seating arrangements
Plans - Detail
The detail in these plans is beautiful, they are hand drawn in ink on waxed linen and the draftsmans hand can be easily seen in the difference between each piece of furniture. On first inspection I can tell my proportions differ and I'm eager to translate my findings into the 3D model.