I just missed being on that photo on the sports deck tween the funnel and the bridge of the old Franconia in the summer of 1956, I must have been in the `Pig`.
Three months later she went to the breakers in December 1956. The Captain sat behind the lifebouy in the centre was Captain Donald Murdo Maclean, DSO, RNR.
The other photo taken on the fore deck must have been taken the same year as she was well scrapped in 1959.
A happy ship.
Good pictures Ged, looking at the guy in the forefront of the picture ,he looks like a guy we called Snapshot. He was once the photographer on the Queen Elizabeth but drink had led him to being sacked from that position and he sailed as a Steward thereafter. Could be wrong ,but he looks a dead ringer,I sailed with him in '67 and saw some of his marvellous collection of photo's of the rich and famous,
Here is a painting of the old Franconia sailing up the Hudson past the Staue of Liberty, I have forgotten the artists name, The painting is on board the QE2
A few views of the old Franc. including her first world cruise in the 1920s passing through the Panama Canal and the last one where she is aground in the St Lawrence River on a trip to Montreal..
Cheers. My pa-in-law seems to remember this chap working in the baker's room. I'll see if the nickname 'Snapshot' means anything to him. He said of course that he might not even be a scouser because staff/crew were taken on at Southampton I think he said.
A lot of great pictures there Brian,it is amazing how different she looks in the various paintings.
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