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Post by Retrovision on Aug 14, 2007 21:32:36 GMT -8
now 72 photographs taken of and aboard the RMS Queen Mary at Long Beach, California. Just added about 40 images of her interior including art that was found throughout the vessel that's now located in a central gallery as well as memorabilia in the Documentation collection
Graham--have they finally repainted the stacks? When I saw her in 1993 Disney had just relinquished control of the ship--the Disney "Imagineers" thought it would be patriotic to have "red, white and blue" on the ship and thus had the white lifeboat covers replaced with blue and the Cunard stacks repainted in French Line Red. In your pics it looks like the stacks are back to Cunard orange.
Post by Retrovision on Aug 17, 2007 0:38:56 GMT -8
As mentioned, here's the first of two sets of the cut-away side of those two massive ship models displayed aboard the Queen Mary moored at Long Beach in Southern California www.worldliners.fotopic.net/Lusitania Starting with the third row of images, about 20 'interiror' and one exterior head-on bow shot of the RMS Lusitania
Visiting Athena has storied past Written by Thomas Thompson Friday, September 22, 2006
BAR HARBOR — A piece of nautical history visited Tuesday when the MV Athena of Classic International Cruises steamed into Frenchman Bay and dropped anchor. It would be news enough to report that the Athena, built in 1948, is the oldest ocean liner still in service and that this was her first voyage to Mount Desert Island. But underneath its gleaming paint and complete reconstruction lies another name and tale.
The Athena was christened the SS Stockholm, and is the vessel that collided with the Andrea Doria and resulted in her sinking. The Stockholm was launched in 1948 and operated by the Swedish American Line. She was the smallest passenger ship operating on the North Atlantic route, with a length of 525 feet and a gross tonnage of 12,165. Over the last 58 years, the ship has sailed for a number of cruise lines under various names and flags. In 1994 she was completely rebuilt from the original hull. She was again rebuilt in 2004, and is the new flagship for Classic International Cruises. But her most famous day will almost certainly be July 25, 1956.
On that day, the Andrea Doria, with 1,134 passengers and a crew of 572, was heading west and due to dock in New York City the following morning. It was the last night of a transatlantic voyage that had began in Genoa on July 17. The smaller passenger liner SS Stockholm was on its way to Gothenburg.
Both ships were in a heavily traveled shipping corridor as they steamed toward each other off Nantucket Island.
The Andrea Doria had been sailing in fog for some hours, but the Stockholm was under clear skies and unaware of the fog bank they were nearing. The two ships steamed toward each other at a combined speed of 40 knots. Each ship was aware of the other, but were guided by radar alone. There was no direct radio communication. The crew on each misinterpreted the course of the other.
In the last few minutes before impact, the Andrea Doria gradually steered to port, while the Stockholm turned starboard. Because of the dense, impenetrable fog, the ships were very close before they established visual contact and realized their maneuvers had served only to steer them towards each other. The Stockholm’s helmsman turned hard to starboard and attempted to reverse the engines. The Andrea Doria turned hard to port, as its captain tried to outrun the collision. The two ships slammed into each other at 11:10 p.m.
The Stockholm hit the Andrea Doria at nearly a 90-degree angle. Built for the Baltic, the Stockholm had a sharply raked prow. This powerful ram sliced 40 feet into the larger vessel’s starboard side. Five empty fuel tanks on Andrea Doria’s starboard side quickly filled with 500 tons of seawater. That weight created a sharp list. It was determined later that the Andrea Doria lost critical stability because her crew did not flood the empty fuel tanks on the port side with sea water for needed ballast as the ship’s builders had specified.
The Stockholm’s bow was crushed, and it dipped dangerously low, but it remained afloat and manuverable.
The Andrea Doria’s captain ordered everyone to abandon ship about 30 minutes after the collision. The severe list prevented the crew from lauching half the lifeboats – all those on the port side. A distress message was sent out. The captain of the Stockholm sent some of his lifeboats, and in the first hours of the rescue survivors were taken aboard the Stockholm.
A French liner arrived three hours after the collision and rescued the majority of the remaining passengers and crew.
In all, 46 passengers of the Andrea Doria and five Stockholm crew members were killed. Two additional Andrea Doria passengers perished during the rescue. At 10:09 a.m. on July 26, under the watchful eyes of news cameras, the Andrea Doria slipped beneath the surface, only 11 hours after being struck.
I've been going through a lot of older photos (pre-digital) and scanning them in. Here is a set of photos I took when I visited Queen Mary at Long Beach back in 1998.
forward view from flying bridge
aft view from flying bridge
aft sun deck
1st Class passageway
1st Class Lounge
1st Class Pool
1st Class Dining Saloon
This mural in the 1st Class Dining Saloon depicts the Queen Mary's route across the Atlantic from New York to Britain. When the ship was in service, a lighted ship ran along a track to display where the ship was on its journey
Post by D'Elete BC in NJ on Sept 27, 2011 3:17:39 GMT -8
I understand there will be a new book on the SS US available from www.lesstreater.com/ (along with a number of books on some of the well known liners) for £48 with £16 shipping to North America.
In a posting on one of the Yahoo forums Les Streater stated the book is in pre-order with a 10% discount if ordered before the official release of October 5th and 10% of the proceeds are destine for the SS US preservation fund.