Why we are known as “The Friendliest Port”

Posted on 11th December 2012 | in Heritage & Tourism

On Wednesday 6th July 1935, on her final voyage, RMS Mauretania sailed past Amble on her way to the docks at Rosyth to be broken up.

The telegram sent to Amble Urban Council from RMS Mauretania

At 10.25am, the clerk to Amble Urban Council sent the captain of the Mauretania a message of greeting:

“Amble to Mauretania. Greetings from Amble, last port in England, to still the finest ship on the seas”.

Back came the reply:
“Mauretania to Urban Council, Amble, to the last and kindliest port in England, greetings and thanks. Mauretania.”

Decades of retelling this story means ‘kindliest’ has now turned into ‘friendliest’.

One of the picture stones in Amble Town Square commemorates this conversation between RMS Mauretania and Amble Urban Council.

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