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    Splendid collection there Cap'n Kong, the Ceramic was as ugly as the Franconia was beautiful. The one an ungainly old scow and the other a pretty lady. Perhaps the Ceramic would have looked nice in a painting though.
    The Hong Kong skyline was a lot less crowded when I was there, the ferry is more modern than the ones that were there then too. Remember that film about the poor guy stuck on the ferry,"Ferry to Hong Kong". Now come on you quizzers , who starred in it?
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    Ferry to Hong Kong, with Curt Jurgens, Sylvia Syms, Orson Welles, Noel Purcell

    Curt Jurgens is the ferry boat skipper and Orson Welles a drunk on a trip to Macao
    Orson Welles has no passport and he cant get ashore in Macau and cant get ashore in Honkers, so he is stuck on the ferry until they are attacked by pirates.
    They were making the film in Honkers when I was there in 1959, on the Good Hope Castle, we had just taken her to Junk Bay for scrapping. We were there for two weeks hanging around. waiting for an old Dakota to find Hong Kong and take us home. I went into a tailors shop in Kowloon and there was Curt Jurgens being measured for a suit. I thought if the tailor is good enough for him then he is good enough for me. So I got the best suit I have ever had and so cheap.
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    A nice old picture of the White Star sisters in Gladstone dock in 1934. The Georgic is on the right and her appearance only differs from the Britannic in the shape of her streamlined bridge.The Georgic was slightlly heavier at 27,759 gross tons against the Britannics 26,943 gross tons. At the time they were the largest motor vessels in the world.
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    Good ones of two famous ships,
    Here is a different type of photo

    It is me as a Captain over the bow rigging a sling on the anchor to remove it as it was damaged.
    The crowd didnt want to go over the side in case they fell in and got their feet wet, modern "ABs".I was nearly sixty years old then so I had to show them what being an AB is all about, I must admit, I did enjoy doing it.
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    Thanks for showing the Britannic and the Georgic, Brian. I spent hours
    along the Dock Road and the Pier Head in the 30's. Whenever I got to the
    Landing Stage it seemed to be almost a certainty that one or the other would
    be there - they were a wonderful sight. If by chance they weren't there it was
    usually the turn of either the Apapa or the Reina del Pacifico. Any chance of
    seeing a photo of either of these in due course,please? Stan H.

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    Here you are two views of the infamous Reina Del Pacifico and one of the APAPA
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    Glad you like the pics StanH, Cap'n Kong was quick off the mark there with those great shots. Let's hope we can keep digging in to those photo albums and revive some more memories.
    Tonight we have a picture of a really special square rigger, the "Lightning".
    She made her maiden voyage from liverpool to Melbourne in 1854 in record breaking time.Outward bound she did 2,188 miles in seven days.She served succesfully on the Liverpool Melbourne for over 10 years. She was destroyed by fire in 1869.
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    Many thanks Cap'n for such a quick reply. You've left me not a little
    intrigued concerning the Reina but I wont press. I only remember her as a
    frequent visitor and very attractive looking ship. The Apapa was a recent addition to Elder Dempster, if I remember rightly- didn't she replace the Accra ?
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    Hi Stanley, the Accra and the Apapa were sisters, built in 1947 for the West African trade. Passenger and cargo. They were scrapped in 1967 and 68

    here is a photo of the ACCRA

    The Reina Del Pacifico was not always a popular ship to sail on as a seaman.
    There was a Captain Whitehouse and Bosun named Lah Murphy, whose favourite saying was "Get up and be logged", which meant after a night on the ale in Valparaiso, you would end up adrift or in gaol and so you had to go up on the bridge in front of the Captain and be logged a couple of days pay. At the end of the voyage you always got a bad discharge in your discharge book, but if you sailed again in her he would wipe it out and give you a good one.

    A DISASTER
    The Reina del Pacifico, after a refit in Harlands, Belfast to fit her out for peacetime service.

    The accident occurred approximately 7 miles north east of Copeland Island in the North Channel of the Irish Sea at 16:46 on 11 September 1947."

    The Belfast Weekly Telegraph reported a week after the accident, on 19 September 1947:

    "In an instant the engine room was a shambles, the lighting extinguished, ladders and access platforms destroyed and the atmosphere thick with smoke. When rescuers entered the engine room they found fires breaking out and bodies everywhere. The appalling result was that twenty-eight people died, either instantly or from their injuries, and a further twenty-three were hurt. "

    "HEROIC SERVICE ... For three hours, Dr. Hamilton, in his first medical appointment, worked like a Trojan. He had himself lowered into the devastated engine room and with the assistance of the First Officer waded knee-deep in oil and other debris while striving to free those who were trapped. Then he organised a first aid service in the second class lounge, while stewards tore sheets and tablecloths into bandages. He is estimated to have bandaged nearly 60 men himself."


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    The Blue Riband started in 1838 for the fastest crossing of the Atlantic. the first ship was the Sirius, the Hales Trophy started in 1933
    The winners of the HALES TROPHY FROM 1933
    1933-1935 Rex Italia Line 28.92 knots
    1935-1936 Normandie Compagnie G?n?rale Transatlantique 29.98 knots
    1936-1937 Queen Mary Cunard White Star Line 30.14 knots
    1937-1938 Normandie Compagnie G?n?rale Transatlantique 30.58 knots
    1938-1952 Queen Mary Cunard White Star Line 30.99 knots
    1952- United States United States Lines 34.51 knots

    The Queen Elizabeth 2 never went for the Trophy, Cunard always believed that safety was more important than speed. BUT if she had gone for it I think she would have won it. After leaving Japan last March, 2008, we did over 35 knots bound for Honolulu, she was then approaching 40 years of age. A fantastic vessel. that should have been retired to Liverpool instead of being turned into a Frankenstein Monster by the Arabs.
    That is why I have includued her here.
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    I have just recieved this email from CUNARD, It should be interesting.

    Cunard Features in BBC Documentary

    Dear Captain Aspinall

    As a valued Cunard guest we thought you may be interested to hear of an exciting BBC broadcast this weekend involving the world's most loved ship, QE2.

    A BBC film crew joined our beloved QE2 on her Final Voyage last November and we are pleased to advise you that 'QE2 - The Final Voyage' will be broadcast on BBC TWO's Timewatch series on Saturday 28 February 2009 at 8pm. We hope you enjoy the programme and that it will bring back fond memories of QE2.

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    The vessel shown is a barque and the men are taking in the lowest sail on the mizzenmast. This was called the crossjack ( pronounced crojack).
    This is from a painting by Claude Muncaster, a marine artiost who knew his rigging.
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    This is a Nippon Yuson Kaisha liner ,the Chichibu Maru. She was built in 1930 for the Orient /California service. A motor passengerliner of 17,000 tons she was 560 feet in length and had a beam of 74 feet and a depth of 42 foot 6 inches. A nice solid looking vessel. I wonder if she was lost in the second world war, anyone out there know her fate?
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    Here is me leaping aloft over the futtock shrouds, to furl sail on the ship Leuwin in the Indian Ocean off the coast of Australia,, I was 72 years old then, not bad for an old timer
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    The NYK Chichibu Maru was built in 1930
    In 1934 she was renamed Tsingtao Maru, In 1944 sunk by US air attack off Luzon in the Pilipines

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    I knew I could rely on you guys,united we could write the book on International Maritime history. Thanks Cap'n,
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    Here is a painting of the `Lusitania` alongside the Liverpool Landing stage and the `Mauretania` out in the River.also a painting of the Mauretania

    Also a painting of the `Queen Mary 2` sailing in tandem, past the Statue of Liberty, New York with the `QE2`

    The last painting is the old `Queen Elizabeth` in the Clyde

    These paintings are on board the `Queen Mary 2`.
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    Wonderful pictures Cap'n,they underline the fact that great old ladies looked so much better in paint than in black and White.
    P.S.,when is it you and Anne set out for Antartica?

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    Hi Brian ,
    We leave home next Tuesday, 3 March .
    We fly to Paris and then to Buenos Aires, Stay in hotel, for two days , Have a romp with Cleopatra and then Fly to Ushuaia, Tierra del Fuego, join the Minerva and then sail around Cape Horn and down to Anarctica. Deception Island, Elephant Island, South Georgia , Grytvicken , Tristan da Cunha, Nightingale Island and then to Cape Town.
    The ship has a free bar. all the wine , beer and spirits are all inclusive. Nowt wrong with that. Get Home 27 March.
    Cheers.Brian.

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    Quote Originally Posted by captain kong View Post
    Here is me leaping aloft over the futtock shrouds, to furl sail on the ship Leuwin in the Indian Ocean off the coast of Australia,, I was 72 years old then, not bad for an old timer
    Hi Capt.Kong, Did you come across Iain Curphy when you were on the "Leuwin". He sails on her as Mate in between jobs on the Aussie coast and lives in Fremantle. He is the son of a mate of mine, Jack Curphy, who sailed on the Aussie coast for years and now has retired here to Dover.

    Iain is now sailing as 2nd.Mate on a Scandinavian ship cruising the Caribean.

    Alec.

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    Hi Alec I did meet most of the crew on there but dont recall the name, I wass most o0f the time with the Bosun/Shanty man, a scots fella, I have his card some where.
    Enjoyed every minute on that ship.
    Cheers. Brian

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    Quote Originally Posted by captain kong View Post
    Hi Brian ,
    We leave home next Tuesday, 3 March .
    We fly to Paris and then to Buenos Aires, Stay in hotel, for two days , Have a romp with Cleopatra and then Fly to Ushuaia, Tierra del Fuego, join the Minerva and then sail around Cape Horn and down to Anarctica. Deception Island, Elephant Island, South Georgia , Grytvicken , Tristan da Cunha, Nightingale Island and then to Cape Town.
    The ship has a free bar. all the wine , beer and spirits are all inclusive. Nowt wrong with that. Get Home 27 March.
    Cheers.Brian.
    brian have a great time you will just be back in time for my birthday 28th you can get the round in cheers clancy

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    Thanks for that Clancy,
    I`ll email you a bottle of scotch for your birthday
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    This is the Batillus, A French Shell Tanker , at the time the biggest ship in the world. 560,000-tons. on her maiden voyage, I flew out to her from CapeTown in July/August 1976 when I was flying with Court Helicopters in Cape Town. we circled her first and took photos then landed on the deck with stores. I walked aft with the papers and went on the bridge. I had been sailing on 250,000 tonners but they seemed like little coasters compared with this one. she was massive. I believe she was scrapped after a few years. they became dynosaurs.
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    Liner row in New York from Pier 90 down. taken in the 50s.
    Front to back,
    Parthia, Caronia,[ green godess] Queen Mary, Britannic Flandre, United States, Constitution.

    A sight never to be seen again.
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    too true cong,was there many times on the QE scythia and sylvania,also new jersey on the waiwera coming home fromnew zealand.

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    Here is a photo of the Queen Mary 2 , we were off the Pope Pious 11th Glacier in Chileno Antarctica in 2006.
    I got a chunk of ice, 10,000 years old off the Glacier I melted some and it tasted beautiful, I also put a chunk in my whisky and it made it fizz. I still have some in a bottle at home here. The photo was taken from the lifeboat, Commodore Ron Warwick signed it for me.
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    The first picture is of the Royal Mail liner the "Asturias".Built in 1908 ,she is shown passing the Eddystone lighthouse and is illuminated by moonlight and a ships searchlight. She served as a hospital ship in WW1 and was torpedoed and severely damaged. She returned to service in 1923 and was scrapped in Japan in 1933.

    The second picture shows the Booth liner "Hildebrand". Buiult in 1951 for the South American trade, the Three Graces in the background and the Alexandra tugs in the foregrouind make a very nostalgic scene ,she must be on the way home here.
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    good painting of the Hildebrand, she was wrecked on the Cascais outside of Lisbon, in fog, they didnt have radar then, in 1957. she was outward bound for Manaus 1000 miles up the Amazon.

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    Great pictures, -all of them.,-brings back many memories !!.
    Thanks fellas !!.

    Bob F

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