Synonymous with RMS Titanic, these 'foldover' 1st class menus are rare and highly sought-after by collectors. Ephemera from Cretic is also very collectible and difficult to find.
This example is the 'Diner D'Adieu' (Farewell Dinner) for Cretic leaving Gibraltar on September 2nd 1913 and is in very good condition for its age. On the front cover is an image of the ship departing the 'Rock' with the company's Europa & Columbia either side of the White Star.
Originally intended for service with the Leyland Line, her new owners, International Mercantile Marine (IMMC) transferred her to the White Star Line in November 1913 after only 3 voyages from Liverpool to Boston. Initially remaining on the Liverpool-Boston route, in November 1904 she was transferred to routes between the Mediterranean and New York City, finally returning to the Liverpool-Boston route in 1910.
In 1917 she was taken over by the British government under their Liner Requisition Scheme to serve as a troopship during World War I.
Cretic returned to commercial service in September 1919 on the White Star Line's Mediterranean service. In 1923, Cretic was transferred back to the Leyland Line, and renamed SS Devonian served on the Liverpool-Boston route until the end of her career in September 1928, apart from making three voyages under charter to the Red Star Line from Antwerp to New York in 1927-28. In 1929 she was broken up by P & W McLellan of Bo'ness, Scotland.