Beautiful photos sent by Harald Oanes showing the "QUEEN MARY 2" and the "QUEEN VICTORIA" sailing away at Stavanger in Norway during last year's cruise ships season.
Tuesday, March 26, 2013
Wednesday, March 20, 2013
here. Photo Copyright, Lindsey Rex from Melbourne
Sunday, March 17, 2013
Vistamar - Wikipedia:
Saturday, March 16, 2013
Superliners of the early 20th century, "ILE DE FRANCE" the first major Liner built after the first World War
Tuesday, March 12, 2013
Superliners of the early 20th century, "AQUITANIA" the last four stacker and CUNARD's dream come true
With the introduction of LUSITANIA and MAURETANIA, CUNARD recovered a lot of business lost mainly to Germany, the two sister's reputation and speed ensured CUNARD was again a prosperous and profitable company. In 1909 a decision was made to build a new liner to run alongside LUSITANIA and MAURETANIA, this would be a ship built with luxury and maximum comfort rather than for speed and most important of all built with solely CUNARD's funds, the new ship would sail regularly every three weeks at an average speed of 23 knots and would carry additional passengers to earn the extra revenue in order to make it profitable, CUNARD decided for unprecedented levels of luxury, it was also decided that all machinery would be positioned below the waterline to create the needed extra space for passenger facilities. A contract was signed with JOHN BROWN at Clydebank in December of 1910 for a new vessel of 45.647 G.T. with a service speed of 23 knots, CUNARD's greatest dream was a reality at last. "AQUITANIA" earned the nickname of "Ship Beautiful" during her career that lasted for nearly 36 years, this beautiful ship, the last four-funneled major liner, one of my favourite's ever and sometimes forgotten would survive two world wars, serving as a troop ship and her record for the longest service-career of any of the 20th century liner stood until 2004 when the QE2 became the longest-serving liner. "AQUITANIA" sailed over 3 million miles and carried over 1.2 million passengers, she was dismantled by Metal Industries of Faslane in 1950. All postcards above from my collection
Monday, March 11, 2013
After the introduction of CUNARD's "LUSITANIA" and "MAURETANIA", Bruce Ismay, Chairman of the WHITE STAR LINE insisted that they should build not two, but three giant liners, the largest in the World. Bruce Ismay and Lord Pirrie, Chairman of HARLAND & WOLFF unveiled plans for the building of three 46.000 GRT Passenger liners, the most luxurious, safest and largest ships in the World, "OLYMPIC", "TITANIC" and "BRITANNIC" were born. "OLYMPIC" was the forerunner, she was the last word in luxury, a floating palace, the ship left Belfast in May of 1911, "TITANIC" the second of the trio took OLYMPIC's fitting-out base soon after, this new ship would be described as the "World's Safest Ship", "TITANIC" was finally completed in April of 1912, when she left Southampton on her maiden voyage she was the largest, safest and most luxurious ship ever built. "BRITANNIC" was completed during the first World War she came into service in December of 1915 as an hospital ship. Far too much has been talked about these ships, "TITANIC" booked a place in History when she foundered on her maiden voyage, still considered the most tragic Maritime accident ever, this is in my opinion very debatable, one thing is for sure, she became without a doubt the best known passenger ship ever and today she is still the reason why so many people talk about Ocean Liners. Postcards above from my collection.
Wednesday, March 6, 2013
Sunday, March 3, 2013
The Germans established one of the first marketing campaigns for Ocean Liners, everyone wanted to travel on four-stacker passenger ships, they were symbols of luxury, power, size and speed. In 1897 North German Lloyd built the first "superliner", the KAISER WILHELM DER GROSSE, in 1901 the "KRONPRINZ WILHELM", two years later the "KAISER WILELM II" and in 1907 the "KRONPRINZESSIN CECILLE", these ships were very popular and successful before the beginning of World War I. Here's a brief history of each of these four ships. For the "KAISER WILHELM DER GROSSE" please report to my post of last friday.
KRONPRINZ WILHELM, was built in 1901 by AG Vulcan, she was 14.908 G.T.. During the first World War she was seized by the United States and renamed VON STEUBEN, she was scrapped in 1923
KAISER WILHELM II was also built by AG Vulcan in 1903, she departed on her maiden voyage on the 14.4.1903, this ship was 19.361 G.T., in April of 1917 she was also seized by the United States and renamed AGAMEMNON, she was scrapped in 1940.
KRONPRINZESSIN CECILLE was the last of the four-stackers to be built by AG Vulcan, she departed on her maiden voyage on the 14.7.1907, she was 19.400 G.T.. This liner was named after Crown Princess Cecille of Prussia, she was also seized in 1917 by the United States and renamed U.S.S. MOUNT VERNON, the ship was finally scrapped in 1940.
Superliners of the early 20th Century, British and German response to the "KAISER WILHELM DER GROSSE"
After the introduction of "KAISER WILHELM GROSSE" in 1897, the British and even German's greatest rival of North German Lloyd, the 1847 founded Hamburg-Amerika Line were startled. The first answer to the 1897 superliner came from the British two years later, the "OCEANIC" built by Harland & Wolff an Historic Shipyard founded in 1861 supervised by Thomas Ismay a Liverpool shipowner who in 1871 bought a bankrupt fleet of clipper-ships operating from the UK to Australia, this company was called the White Star Line, so "OCEANIC" at 17.272 G.T. was the largest passenger liner in the World, the ship had two funnels and three masts, she departed on her maiden voyage on the 6.9.1899, she became known as the "Queen of the Ocean", the ship ran aground off Foula/Shetland in September of 1914.
Hamburg-Amerika Line after the launch of "KAISER WILHELM GROSSE" took the immediate decision of building a larger and record-breaker liner, this ship was built by AG Vulkan, she was launched on the 10.1.1900 and became the "DEUTSCHLAND, she was 16.703 G.T. and easily took the "Blue Riband", she was another four-stacker, very popular at first she soon revealed her major engine problems, the ship developed massive vibrations at the expense of passengers comfort. In 1910 the "DEUTSCHLAND" was converted to a cruise-ship, one of the first liners of the 20th century to be operated as such, she was renamed the VIKTORIA LUISE, after the first World War, the ship was operated as an emigrant ship once again renamed, HANSA, but she was very unsuccessful and was finally sold for scrap in 1925. Postcards of my collection