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    Default Ships, & Suez!

    Reminds me of my time in Suez Canal Zone , 1951/52, and this was the craft (LST 'Snowden Smith') that got us there from Cyprus! Do any of you MN guys remember them?

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    Ha, before my time Norm...

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    Hi Norm,
    here is some info on your ship.

    LST 3028 Snowden Smith, Elbano Primo LST(3)

    Hull built by Alexander Stephen and engined by Fullerton, Hodgarth & Barclay. It was launched on 16th November 1944. Transferred on charter to the War Office in 1946 when it was named Snowden Smith. Operated as a troop carrier, being managed for the War Department by the Atlantic Steam Navigation Company. Became mercantile Elbano Primo in 1964. Sold and scrapped Italy 1969.

    try some of these sites Norm,
    bring back some memories

    History LST
    LST 3028 Snowden Smith, Elbano Primo LST(3). Hull built by Alexander Stephen and engined by Fullerton, Hodgarth & Barclay. It was launched on 16th November ...
    www.lutonmodelboat.co.uk/history_lst.html - Cached - SimilarAward Criteria for the General Service Medal 1918 - 1962
    L.S.T. EMPIRE BALTIC, L.S.T. EMPIRE CEDRIC, L.S.T. EMPIRE CELTIC ... S.S. RIVERCREST, S.S. SALINAS, L.S.T. SNOWDON SMITH. S.S. SUNKIRK, S.S. TEMPLE HALL ...
    http://www.northeastmedals.co.uk/......1918_award.htm - Cached - SimilarThe Maritime Steam Restoration Trust
    ... of the War Departments LST's which where; Charles MacLeod, Evan Gibb, Frederick Clover, Humphrey Gale, Maxwell Brander, Reginald Kerr and Snowdon Smith, ...
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    Our 10-tonner trucks left Sobraon Camp, Fayid on August 6th carrying the advance party of about 60 personnel and we boarded the LST "Snowden Smith" at Port ...
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    The daughter of William John Cambray, she married in Malta on 30th March 1960 to Kenneth Kennedy KELLY, 2nd Officer, Merchant Navy, L.S.T. Snowden Smith ...
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    I also found the Panama Canal fascinating, going through several times on Panamax bulkers. The speed at which the ship raises in the locks is awesome.

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    That Atlantic Steam Navigation Company used a few of them on the Preston to Larne run, I remember in the early 70s the Captain of one of them was shot dead by the IRA while sat in one of the dockside bars.
    http://www.maritimesteamrestorationt...ts/empire.html -excellent and very interesting site with photos

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    Quote Originally Posted by kevin View Post
    I also found the Panama Canal fascinating, going through several times on Panamax bulkers. The speed at which the ship raises in the locks is awesome.
    I last went through the Panama Canal in April 2008 on QE2, still very interesting and still unchanged, but they are building a new set of locks to take the giant container ships that have been built. They have to go round the Horn at the moment. Go on to the Panama Canal web cam. it has Live cameras at Gatun Locks, Mirafloras locks, Centennial Bridge, and also shows the removal of a very high hill where the new locks are to go. you can see the ships coming and going 24/7.
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    This is the Panama Canal web cam

    www.pancanal.com/eng/index.html
    some very interesting views. of the locks at both ends and inbetween.
    you can change the angle of the cameras and zoom in on the ships.

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    Many Thanks Cap'n! I am a member of the Sues Veterans Association, and regularly look into the 'Small Wars' (Suez) site most interesting, and will enjoy looking up the links you supplied, Cheers

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    My daughter had to write a piece on The Suez Crisis for her history course. It's about the international political background. If anyone would like to read it, send me a PM with your E-mail address and I'll send it along.

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    I would be interested to read that Ronnie, to get a younger persons view on the conflict. I've PM'd you. Ta.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Norm NZ View Post
    I would be interested to read that Ronnie, to get a younger persons view on the conflict. I've PM'd you. Ta.
    I've sent it along Norm. As I said, it's more about the political background at the time rather than the servicemen who were involved in the operation. The hand of the US and USSR can be seen very clearly!

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