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This may not look like a ship, but it is part of a vessel. These are some of the Officers on board the RRS Discovery.


RRS Discovery is a barque-rigged auxiliary steamship built for Antarctic research, and launched in 1901. She was the last traditional wooden three-masted ship to be built in the United Kingdom. Her first mission was the British National Antarctic Expedition, carrying Robert Falcon Scott and Ernest Shackleton on their first, and highly successful, journey to the Antarctic, known as the Discovery Expedition.

On 28 March 1986, Discovery left London aboard the semi-submersible docklift ship Happy Mariner to make her journey home to the Scottish city that had built her. She arrived at Victoria dock on the River Tay on 3 April – the first time she had been back to Dundee since her construction.

Placed in a custom-built dock in 1992, Discovery is now the centrepiece of Dundee's visitor attraction Discovery Point.
Postcard: Discovery - during trials, 1901
Postcard: Discovery - during trials, 1901

Officers on the bridge of RSS Discovery.
Officers on the bridge of RSS Discovery.



And some photos of the ship.

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A ship of many names this time. Shown as the Bahama Star on the postcard.

SS Borinquen, the Taino language name for Puerto Rico, was a passenger liner launched 24 September 1930 and delivered to the Atlantic, Gulf & West Indies Steamship Lines (AGWI) in 1931 for operation by its subsidiary the New York & Porto Rico Line. The line operated the ship until it was requisitioned by the War Shipping Administration (WSA) the last day of 1941 for service as a troop transport. The line then operated the ship as agent for the WSA until 6 May 1944 when operation was transferred to the United States Army for support of the Normandy landings with the ship arriving off the beaches on 7 June 1944. Borinquen continued service post war until redelivered to the owners 14 June 1946. The ship was sold in 1949 and became the Arosa Star. After further sales and change in the cruise ship regulations the ship was again sold and grounded as La Jenelle on the California coast in 1970.

In the years 1959–69, she was operated for Eastern Steamship Lines as the Bahama Star, sailing primarily between Florida and the Bahamas. During this period, the Bahama Star managed to rescue 489 people from the burning SS Yarmouth Castle, another cruise ship; 90 people perished in the blaze. In an ironic twist of fate, this accident led to changes to the maritime regulations pertaining to such ships at the Geneva Convention of 1964, outlawing the operation of passenger vessels with wooden super-structures. The cost of complying with the new regulations proved too expensive, so the ship was sold to the Western Steamship Company.
Postcard: S.S. "Bahama Star".
Postcard: S.S. "Bahama Star".

Posted in inland DeLand, Florida 1967
Posted in inland DeLand, Florida 1967



Mailship "Koningin Fabiola".

Regie voor Maritiem Transport (RMT) was owned by the Belgian Government from the outset in 1846, operating passenger and mail services from Oostende and Zeebrugge in conjunction with British Railway Companies using mainly Kentish ports.

During the peak summer service a Ostend-Folkestone service was initiated in 1968 and also from May 29th, a service was started to Parkeston Quay for the conveyance of light commercial and passenger traffic.

Co-operation with Sealink ended in 1986. The main similarity to the earlier Belgian car ferries was the low headroom vehicle deck which precluded the carriage of freight. Bow doors were also omitted, therefore adding to turn around times.

On 28 February 1997 the Belgian State closed an important and historical period concerning transport of passengers from and to the UK. The first official crossing ever under the Belgian State took place in 1846, a history spanning 151 years.

Koningin Fabiola
Built. 1962 (IMO 5192963)
Yard. Boelwerf Vlaanderen
Class of Ship. Passenger
Operator. RMT
Route. Harwich- Ostend 1968-1973
Length. 117 m
Gross Tonnage. 4727
Passengers. 850
Speed. 20 Knots
Status. Scrapped 2004
Koningin Fabiola
Koningin Fabiola

The Koningin Fabiola was built in 1961/62 by Boel Yard Temse as built number 1391, with a capacity for 900 passengers and 160 cars. The launch took place on the 20th November 1961 and trials were held on the 7th June 1962. The vessel came into service on the 10th June 1962.

The ship had two restaurants, one self-service and one buffet at the disposal of the passengers.

Her last crossing for Oostende – Dover was on the 15 June 1983. After that she was docked in the zeewezendok until she was sold to the Ionian Navigation Co Ltd Valetta Malta and was given the new name “Olympia”.

Sometime later in 1985 the Olympia was chartered by Hellenic Mediterranean Lines and renamed “Lydia”. In 1992 she was sailing between Ortona and Igoumenitsa.

In 1993 the KF was sold again to Lefki Investment Corp Kingstown St Vincent and renamed “Ephesus” where she was performing services between Brindisi and Valona.

Sometime later the ship was chartered by Topas Maritime lines and was sailing between Bari-Igoumenitsa-Cesme.
In 1996 she was confiscated in Bari to be sold later to Skylark Trading Ltd St Vincent and renamed again to “Bergame” to sail between Bari and Cesme.

After a few changes of owners and charters the ex Koningin Fabiola arrived in 1998 with Anatolia Ferries under her new name”Bosphorus”.

After years of service Koningin Fabiola arrived in Aliaga Turkey to be scrapped in 2004.
Postcard: Mailboat "Koningin Fabiola" in Ostend.
Postcard: Mailboat "Koningin Fabiola" in Ostend.

Rear of postcard of Koningin Fabiola
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Two black & white postcards now.

Firstly, an unknown ship leaving Dunkirk, passing the jetties.
Postcard: Dunkerque - Les Jetées.
Postcard: Dunkerque - Les Jetées.

Printed by Imprimeries Réunies de Nancy - unposted.
Printed by Imprimeries Réunies de Nancy - unposted.



Then - Départ de la Malle pour Folkestone.

Folkestone Harbour in the 19th Century
T‌he first ferry boat service between Folkestone and Boulogne began in 1843, with local transport being offered between the mainline station and the harbour. Channel steamers operated to a number of continental destin­ations, including Boulogne and Calais, although by the mid-1890s the route from Dover to Calais was more popular.

The branch line from the mainline down to the harbour was one of the steepest railway lines in the country, descending 111 feet in less than a mile. By 1847 a viaduct and swing bridge were constructed to provide access to a level area of land that had been recovered from the sea, and these also divided the inner and ­outer harbour areas. A large warehouse was built, together with the first section of the harbour station and the foundations of a new south-east-facing pier.

This new pier — the Harbour Arm — was built in stages over several decades, and was completed in 1904. It was mainly constructed from poured concrete, then faced with granite.

On 1 January 1849 an integrated rail / sea /rail service commenced between London – Paris via Folkestone – Boulogne, and later that month the first telegraphed conversation took place, between Charles Walker, on board a boat in the Channel, and the Chairman of the South Eastern Railway at their headquarters in London.

On 15 May 1855 the Great Gold Robbery took place on the London – Folkestone boat train. It was discovered only when the bullion ­boxes were weighed in Paris and found to ­contain lead shot.
Postcard: Départ de la Malle pour Folkestone.
Postcard: Départ de la Malle pour Folkestone.

Boulonge-sur-Mer to Folkestone - Dated 1904
Boulonge-sur-Mer to Folkestone - Dated 1904

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Postcard of the Port of Houston USA.

Postcard: Port of Houston.
Postcard: Port of Houston.

Posted in Houston June 1983 - 13c USA stamp.
Posted in Houston June 1983 - 13c USA stamp.





Postcard of M/F Tycho Brae.

M/F Tycho Brahe is a Danish battery-electric car-ferry, that operates on the HH Ferry route between Helsingør, Denmark and Helsingborg, Sweden, a distance of just 5 km. M/F Tycho Brahe has been in use since 1991. The ship is bidirectional, therefore it can change direction without turning around, so no time is lost for this. The ship is also able to accelerate and decelerate quite quickly to and from her maximum speed of 14 knots.

The ship is named after the Danish astronomer Tycho Brahe. M/F Tycho Brahe was built by Langsten Slip & Båtbyggeri in Tomrefjord, Norway. Currently, the ship is owned by Scandlines A/S and operated by ForSea (was Scandlines GmbH). Between 1991 and 1997, M/F Tycho Brahe was owned by DSB Rederi.

The ferry can carry 1250 passengers, and either 260 trucks, 240 cars or 9 passenger train coaches at one time. It was built with three railtracks inside, with a total length of 266 meters.

M/F Tycho Brahe has a sister ship, M/S Aurora af Helsingborg. The two ships were originally diesel-powered, but were converted in 2017 to full electric propulsion. Each ship has 4 MWh batteries, weighing 57 tonnes. It is located at the top of the ferry between the chimneys. The batteries are recharged from land by a robot arm when docked, at 10.5 MW (10.5 kV, 600 Ampere) for 6 minutes in Denmark and 9 minutes in Sweden. Each trip uses about 1,175 kWh, and is scheduled to last 20 minutes similarly to the diesel ferries. Two of the four Wärtsilä-Vasa 6R32E diesel engines have been removed from each ship, with the other two as a backup system, not for daily operation.
Postcard: M/F Tycho Brae
Postcard: M/F Tycho Brae

Rear of Tycho Brae Postcard.
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Last train to Folkestone Harbour Station.

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This is a card of the Cunard R.M.S. (Royal Mail Ship) "Sylvania".
Postcard: R.M.S. "Sylvania".
Postcard: R.M.S. "Sylvania".

Postmarked in New York on March 15th 1958 with a "Paquebot" cancellation.
Postmarked in New York on March 15th 1958 with a "Paquebot" cancellation.



And a card of the Cunard M.V. "Britannic".
Postcard: Cunard M.V. "Britannic".
Postcard: Cunard M.V. "Britannic".

"Paquebot" cancellation in New York November 28th 1954.
"Paquebot" cancellation in New York November 28th 1954.

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A postcard showing the cruise ship "Maasdam".

Early 1949, NASM - Holland America Line (HAL), ordered two freighters, the Dinteldyk and Diemerdyk. On December 17, 1949 Dinteldyk was laid down at Schiedam as Yard #733. Whilst construction was underway, Holland America Line’s Director Mr. Willem H. de Monchy decided to redesign both ships into medium sized passenger liners. Dinteldyk was launched as the Ryndam one year later, on December 19, 1950, whereas Maasdam was launched on April 5, 1952.

TSS Maasdam was handed over to HAL on August 10, 1952. Like her sister she was delivered early and departed for her maiden voyage more than a month earlier than planned. She departed on her maiden voyage from Rotterdam on August 11, to New York, sailing via Le Havre and Southampton calling at Montreal on the 20th. She continued to New York via the Cape Cod Canal; being one of the largest ships to transit the waterway. Maasdam arrived in New York on August 27th.

854 Tourist passengers were accommodated in smart single-berth, two-berth triples, and four-berth cabins. Many British and American passengers commented, “Everything is so Dutch; neat, pleasant and practical.” 893 passengers were taken care of by 228 stewards.

The successful “Economy Twins,” operated between Rotterdam, Le Havre, Southampton (with occasional calls to Cobh), en route to New York, as well as occasional cruises in the Caribbean. Over the first years they managed 85% occupancy on Atlantic voyages, and an incredible 98% on cruises.

TSS Maasdam’s Final Days:
Maasdam's final world voyage was from January 7 to April 3, 1968. Upon her return to Rotterdam she was placed on the Canada service. On May 15 a shock announcement was made that Maasdam had been sold to “Polish Ocean Lines,” and she would be handed over at the completion of her Canada service. On September 20 Maasdam departed Montreal on her last Atlantic crossing under Holland America’s Dutch colours, and she was paid-off at Rotterdam on September 29, 1968. Soon she headed for Gdansk in Poland where she had a comprehensive refit and headed into a new and a successful career as the Stefan Batory. She proved to be a most successful Trans-Atlantic Liner and a cruise ship. however in 1988 her owners decided to lay her up and find other work for her. This would be in Gothenburg, Sweden where she became a hostel for asylum seekers. She remained there offering the best of accommodations from 1990 to 2000. In 2000, with the hostel having closed there was no further use for this fine old ship, the Stefan Batory, thus it was decided to sell her to Turkish breaker and soon she was on the way to Aliaga where she was duly broken up.
Postcard: TSS "Maasdam".
Postcard: TSS "Maasdam".

"Paquebot" cancellation in Cobh 1955
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And now a harbour scene - Portsmouth.

Postcard: Portsmouth Harbour and Dockyard.
Postcard: Portsmouth Harbour and Dockyard.

Not posted. A "Valentine's Series" card.
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And a postcard of a river ferry boat called "Hutton" 1893 - 1923

The Woolwich Ferry links Woolwich in the London Borough of Greenwich with North Woolwich in the London Borough of Newham, across the River Thames. The Woolwich Ferry was planned and constructed by The Metropolitan Board of Works. Ownership of the Metropolitan Board of Works passed to London County Council (LCC) two days before the ferry was opened on 23 March 1889. Responsibility passed to the Greater London Council (GLC) on 31 March 1965. After the abolition of the GLC in 1986, operation of the ferry passed to Greenwich Council who run it on behalf of Transport for London (TfL).

The first two ships were the paddle steamers Gordon and the Duncan built in 1888 by R.H.Green. The Hutton joined them in 1893, built by William Simons and Co Ltd. The Gordon was named after General Gordon (1833-1885), the hero of Khartoum, who was born in Woolwich and studied at the Academy. The Duncan was named after Colonel Francis Duncan (1836-1888), author of 'The History of the Royal Artillery'. The Hutton was named after Charles Hutton (1737-1823), professor of mathematics at the Woolwich Academy.

Postcard: Woolwich Ferry "Hutton".  Pamlin Prints.  Not posted.
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More ferries - this time to the Isle of Man.

Postcard: Ships of The Isle of Man - unposted.
Postcard: Ships of The Isle of Man - unposted.

S.S. "Manx Maid", "Mona's Maid" and "King Orry".  A Bamforth card.
S.S. "Manx Maid", "Mona's Maid" and "King Orry". A Bamforth card.



And M.S. "Gripsholm" (1957) going through the Panama Canal.


MS Gripsholm was a combined ocean liner/cruise ship, built in 1957 by Ansaldo Shipyard, Genoa, Italy for the Swedish American Line for use in transatlantic traffic from Gothenburg to New York as well as long-distance cruising.

In 1971 she was laid up for 3 months in Göteborg, being converted into a pure cruise ship, thus ending her Transatlantic career.

In 1975 she was sold to the Karageorgis Lines, who named her MS Navarino and used her on Mediterranean routes until 1981, when she was damaged in a grounding off Patmos.
Postcard: M.S. "Gripsholm" transiting the Panama Canal.
Postcard: M.S. "Gripsholm" transiting the Panama Canal.

Meter Marked "Canal Zone Postage" 25.01.67
Meter Marked "Canal Zone Postage" 25.01.67

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And now a harbour scene - Portsmouth.


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The entrance to Princess Royal Harbour, Albany, W.A.

Postcard: Albany, W.A. - Entrance to Princess Royal Harbour.
Postcard: Albany, W.A. - Entrance to Princess Royal Harbour.

Postmarked Middletoy Beach 6th Oct. 1968 with Australian 5c Olympic Games Mexico stamp.
Postmarked Middletoy Beach 6th Oct. 1968 with Australian 5c Olympic Games Mexico stamp.



And now we have an interesting ship - The Völkerfreundschaft. Perhaps better known as the Astoria, which collided with the Andrea Doria in 1956.

Used by the GDR to serve the "working population" and "deserving activists". Quite interesting - see here: https://www.ndr.de/geschichte/chronologie/Die-Voelkerfreunds ... ft102.html

MV Astoria was constructed as the transatlantic liner MS Stockholm in 1948 for Swedish American Line, and rebuilt as a cruise ship in 1993. At 72 years old, she was the oldest passenger liner still sailing in deep water routes. As Stockholm, she was best known for an accidental collision with Andrea Doria in July 1956, resulting in the sinking of the latter ship and 46 fatalities off the coast of Nantucket.

During her seven decades of service she has passed through several owners and sailed under the names Stockholm, Völkerfreundschaft, Volker, Fridtjof Nansen, Italia I, Italia Prima, Valtur Prima, Caribe, Athena, and Azores before beginning service as Astoria in March 2016. Astoria sailed with Cruise & Maritime Voyages until 2020 when the company suspended operations due to the COVID-19 pandemic. She was subsequently laid up in Tilbury.
Postcard: M.V. "Völkerfreundschaft".
Postcard: M.V. "Völkerfreundschaft".

Rear of postcard with four Hungarian stamps.
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Now we have two postcards of the same ship - the Paddle Steamer "Waverly". I had the pleasure of a trip on her when she visited Waterford, many years ago.
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Postcard:Paddle Steamer "Waverly".
Postcard:Paddle Steamer "Waverly".

A Dennis postcard, posted in Ayr 30.08.89 with a 19p definitive.
A Dennis postcard, posted in Ayr 30.08.89 with a 19p definitive.

Postcard: The Paddleship "Waverly" - unposted
Postcard: The Paddleship "Waverly" - unposted

Card published by Waverly Steam Navigation Co. Ltd.
Card published by Waverly Steam Navigation Co. Ltd.

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Another ferry - Brittany Ferries' M/V Bretagne. One of her routes was from Cork to Roscof.
Postcard: M/V Bretagne.
Postcard: M/V Bretagne.

Rear of card has the 21p 1988 Christmas Stamp postmarked at the Waterford Collectors' Road Show on 16.11.1991
Rear of card has the 21p 1988 Christmas Stamp postmarked at the Waterford Collectors' Road Show on 16.11.1991



An unused postcard of a hydrofoil used by Transtour between Algeciras and Tangier.

The line made by the aforementioned hydrofoils changed as of 1970, establishing its base in Algeciras and covering the Algeciras-Tangier line. In 1973 a third hydrofoil of the Kometa-M type was joined and baptized with the name "Scheherazade". These ships were equipped with Russian Leningrad M400 engines.
Unposted Postcard: Hydrofoil "Scherezade".
Unposted Postcard: Hydrofoil "Scherezade".

Printed in Spain.
Printed in Spain.

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A busy harbour scene in Great Yarmouth.

Rather a long journey, I would have thought, London-Great Yarmouth.

Postcard: Yarmouth Visitors returning to London by boat.
Postcard: Yarmouth Visitors returning to London by boat.

Posted in Great Yarmouth 03.08.1906 A Yarmouth company card.
Posted in Great Yarmouth 03.08.1906 A Yarmouth company card.



And an anonymous fishing trawler postcard from Germany.

Postcard: Fischkutter
Postcard: Fischkutter

Posted in Bremerhaven in 1994 - stamp removed.
Posted in Bremerhaven in 1994 - stamp removed.

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And now, a Dutch troopship, the S.S. Waterman.

Three Victory Class ships, S.S. Cranston Victory, S.S. Costa Rica Victory and the S.S. La Grande Victory, were built for the “United War Shipping Administration” as troop and cargo ships. Their war time duties were short lived as they were soon sold to the Dutch Government for the use as troop transport ships and Migrant ship to the United States, Canada, Australia and New Zealand.

These three ships were built toward the end of World War II, and were part of the new larger improved version of the famed “Liberty” ships. Each ship had strengthened hulls for them to go into the war zone, but by the time they were completed the war was coming to an end.

There were ninety seven Victory troop transport ships built, each able to transport up to 1600 troops. Unlike the Liberty ships, all accommodation was fully ventilated and heated. There was the usual meagre style troop bunks, a hospital, galleys, washrooms and even a several public rooms.


The first of the trio, S.S. Cranston Victory (Zuiderkruis) was built by the Oregon Shipbuilding Yard in Portland; Oregon was launched on May 5, 1944. The second of the series, S.S. Costa Rica Victory (Groote Beer) was built by Permanente Metals Co, Richmond California and launched on June 17, 1944. The last of the three was the S.S. La Grande Victory (Waterman), which like her sister S.S. Cranston Victory, was built by the Oregon Shipbuilding Yard in Portland, Oregon and launched on January 16, 1945.

S.S. Cranston Victory was operated by the South Atlantic Steamship Co for the US Maritime Commission. S.S. Costa Rica Victory was managed by the American Hawaiian Steamship Co (New York). S.S. La Grande Victory was managed by Shepard Steamship Co. However, their operations was short lived, all were laid up and placed on the market in 1946.

All three ships were purchased in 1947 by the Dutch Government as troopers to the Dutch East Indies (Indonesia), and later to Dutch New Guinea. On their return voyages to the Netherlands Zuiderkruis transported those who wished to leave the former Dutch East Indies as repatriates.

B & W Postcard: S.S. "Waterman".
B & W Postcard: S.S. "Waterman".

Military use? Posted 26.08.1949 Rotterdam/Batavia?
Military use? Posted 26.08.1949 Rotterdam/Batavia?



Yet another ferry. This time between Vlissingen and Breskens in the Netherlands. She is the "Koningin Juliana".

Read about her here: https://www.psdnet.nl/veerboot-koningin-juliana/

Postcard: The "Koningin Juliana" ferry between Vlissinhgen and Breskens.
Postcard: The "Koningin Juliana" ferry between Vlissinhgen and Breskens.

It bears a 2cent stamp posted in 1956
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A bac (ferry) cross The Seine at Duclair. I've been unable to identify the boat.

B & W Postcard: Ferry across the Seine at Duclair.
B & W Postcard: Ferry across the Seine at Duclair.

Unposted. No. 852 Duclair - Le Bac au départ.
Unposted. No. 852 Duclair - Le Bac au départ.



The P & O Liner "Canberra".


SS Canberra was an ocean liner, which later operated on cruises, in the P&O fleet from 1961 to 1997. She was built at the Harland and Wolff shipyard in Belfast, Northern Ireland at a cost of £17 million. The ship was named on 17 March 1958, after the federal capital of Australia, Canberra. She was launched on 16 March 1960, sponsored by Dame Pattie Menzies, GBE, wife of the then Prime Minister of Australia, Robert Menzies. She entered service in May 1961, and made her maiden voyage starting in June. She appeared in the 1971 James Bond film Diamonds Are Forever. In the 1982 Falklands War she served as a troopship. In 1997 the singer and songwriter Gerard Kenny released the single "Farewell Canberra" which was specially composed for the last voyage.
Postcard: The liner "Canberra".
Postcard: The liner "Canberra".

Postmarked Narvik, Norway. No date? May be a ship postmark?
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The Dunkerque to Dover Train Ferry "Saint- Germain".

Saint Germain was a 3,492 GRT train ferry which was built in 1951 by Helsingør Skibs og Maskinbyggeri for SNCF. She served until 1988 when she was withdrawn from service and scrapped.

Saint Germain was built by Helsingør Skibs og Maskinbyggeri, Helsingør, Denmark for SNCF. Her port of registry was Dunkerque and she was allocated the call sign FNXF. She had a capacity of 36 sleeping cars and two PMVs or 36 railway wagons or 160 motor cars. As built, she had capacity for 850 passengers. Saint Germain arrived at Dunkerque on 25 July 1951 and entered service three days later on the Dunkerque - Dover route. On 11 December 1951, she collided with the pier at Dover, damaging her stern and was thus unable to transport the sleeping cars of the Night Ferry. On 6 September 1953, she collided with St. Jean whilst on a voyage from Dunkerque to Dover, but was able to complete the voyage. In 1958, she spent five weeks on the Calais - Dover route.

In August and September 1962, Saint Germain was chartered to Townsend Thoresen for use on the Dover - Calais route. On return to SNCF, she was put into service on the Dunkerque - Harwich route. With the introduction of IMO Numbers in the late 1960s, Saint Germain was allocated the IMO Number 5305895. On 6 February 1967, she struck the lock gates at Dunkerque and was damaged.

In 1976, Saint Germain was transferred to the Dunkerque - Dover route. Her passenger capacity was increased to 1,000. On 21 February 1979, she collided with the Liberian bulk carrier Artadi, killing two people and injuring four more. She was repaired at Dunkerque, returning to service operating a reduced speed. From 20 February 1985, she was used solely as a freight ferry. On 8 July 1987, she damaged her bow in a collision with the pier at Dover. Saint Germain was withdrawn from service on 16 May 1988. She was sold to Triton Ship Delivery, London on 21 July and renamed Germain. She arrived at Alang, India, on 11 August 1988 for scrapping by NCK Sun Exports.

B & W Postcard: Train Ferry Saint-Germain in the lock at Dunkerque.
B & W Postcard: Train Ferry Saint-Germain in the lock at Dunkerque.

French 50 centime stamp, postmarked Dunkerque 13.04.1973
French 50 centime stamp, postmarked Dunkerque 13.04.1973



"Oak Bay Golf Course, Victoria, British Columbia, Canada" , with a ship in the background.

Postcard: Oak Bay Golf Course, Victoria,, British Columbia, Canada (with a ship in the background).
Postcard: Oak Bay Golf Course, Victoria,, British Columbia, Canada (with a ship in the background).

Unposted. Printed in Ottawa.
Unposted. Printed in Ottawa.

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M.S. "World Discoverer". Built 1974


MS World Discoverer was a cruise ship designed for and built by Schichau Unterweser, Germany in 1974. During construction called BEWA Discoverer, the ship was completed in Bremerhaven, Germany.

Postcard: M.S. "World Discoverer"  among ice.
Postcard: M.S. "World Discoverer" among ice.

Unused. Details of the ship.
Unused. Details of the ship.



On 30 April 2000, at 4 p.m. local time (0500 GMT), the ship struck a large uncharted rock or reef in the Sandfly Passage, Solomon Islands. Captain Kruess sent a distress signal, which was received in Honiara, the Solomon Islands' capital city. A passenger ferry was dispatched to the ship and all passengers were then transported to safety. The captain then brought the ship into Roderick Bay after the ship began to list 20 degrees and grounded it to avoid sinking. After underwater surveying of the ship, World Discoverer was declared a constructive loss. The ship has remained in Roderick Bay ever since.

Michael Lomax, president of Society Expeditions, congratulated the captain and crew for their heroic and professional actions, saying that they performed in an "exemplary manner" during the crisis. The ship was scheduled to have its annual dry-dock inspection on 11 May when annual maintenance work would have been completed. Also planned were two additional suites on the boat deck and the installation of a new fire protection system throughout the ship.

Postcard: M.S. "World Discoverer" in sunny climes.
Postcard: M.S. "World Discoverer" in sunny climes.

Unposted. Details of the ship.
Unposted. Details of the ship.





The wreck!

Photo of the wreck of the World Discoverer.
Photo of the wreck of the World Discoverer.

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A series of unposted postcards about the Titanic. The Father Browne Collection.

Postcard: Titanic's Forecastle deck and the tugs Hector and Neptune nudging the ship's bow. Southampton,, 10th April 1912.
Postcard: Titanic's Forecastle deck and the tugs Hector and Neptune nudging the ship's bow. Southampton,, 10th April 1912.

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The Titanic steaming ouut of Cork Harbour. One of the last photos taken of the ship,, 111th April 1912.
The Titanic steaming ouut of Cork Harbour. One of the last photos taken of the ship,, 111th April 1912.

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More Titanic & "New York" postcards.

Postcard: Third-class passengers throng the stern of the Titanic, at Queenstown,, 11th April 1912. Atop the ventilator funnel is the tiny figure of a stoker taking a bird's eye view.
Postcard: Third-class passengers throng the stern of the Titanic, at Queenstown,, 11th April 1912. Atop the ventilator funnel is the tiny figure of a stoker taking a bird's eye view.

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Postcard: The "New York", being pushed into position by a tug at Southampton quay, 10th April 1912.
Postcard: The "New York", being pushed into position by a tug at Southampton quay, 10th April 1912.

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Lastly, a card showing William Waldorf Astor.

Postcard: "To see us off!" William Waldorf Astor, at Waterloo Station on the Titanic special, 10th April 1912.
Postcard: "To see us off!" William Waldorf Astor, at Waterloo Station on the Titanic special, 10th April 1912.

Posted in Wales 29th July 2001, with an "E" Machin.
Posted in Wales 29th July 2001, with an "E" Machin.

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Two Cards from Australia sent in 1969.

The first card shown above was published by John Engelander and Co. Pty. Ltd. of Melbourne and shows the passenger liner SS Galileo Galilei of Lloyd Triestino Lines, launched in 1961 and entering service in 1963. Her official maiden voyage departed from Genoa, her port of registry, on 22 April 1963 to Sydney, Australia. Most passenger liners of the period had a gross tonnage of between 20,000 and 30,000 gross registered tons (GRT) and she was no exception at 27,888 GRT. She continued on the Italy-Australia run until 1977 and was subsequently rebuilt as a cruise ship. She underwent several name changes and reconstructions before she caught fire and sank in 1999.

The ship is shown tied up at the Fremantle Overseas Terminal in Western Australia. The card was sent from the P&O liner SS Chusan while she was on a Christmas Cruise circumnavigating Australia.

The second card shows the forepart of the P&O passenger liner SS Canberra (whose history has already been described earlier in this thread) moored at the Overseas Passenger Shipping Terminal at Circular Quay Sydney. When the card was posted the Canberra was the largest and most modern ship in P&O’s fleet. As the ship was never based in Australia for Pacific cruising it is almost certain that she was on a round the world cruise when the card was produced.

An interesting fact about the ship is that when she underwent builder’s trials, at full power her fore-foot lifted almost clear of the water, somewhat like a 45,000 ton speedboat. This problem was solved by adding 500 tons of concrete to the forward compartments. This increased her draught somewhat, preventing her from tying up at some ports which P&O ships visited.

The harbour ferry seen on the card appears to be of the “Lady” class, build c. 1950. The card was published by John Sands Pty. Ltd. in Curteichcolor®.


The SS Galileo Galilei at the Fremantle Overseas Terminal, WA, Australia
The SS Galileo Galilei at the Fremantle Overseas Terminal, WA, Australia
This stamp is the 15c Blue Gum originally issued in 1968 as part of the State Floral Emblems issue
This stamp is the 15c Blue Gum originally issued in 1968 as part of the State Floral Emblems issue
The SS Canberra at Circular Quay, Sydney with the Sydney Opera House in the background
The SS Canberra at Circular Quay, Sydney with the Sydney Opera House in the background
This stamp is the 15c Galah which was introduced as part of the first set of decimal definitives in 1966
This stamp is the 15c Galah which was introduced as part of the first set of decimal definitives in 1966
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I am really pleased to see a thread on my favourite postcard subject: what wonderful cards!

Here are two from my “Oriana” collection. The SS Oriana was the last passenger liner built for the Orient Line, launched in 1959 and making her maiden voyage from Southampton, UK to Sydney, Australia in 1960. In 1966 her corn-coloured hull was painted white when the Orient Line was absorbed into P&O Lines.

The Oriana spent much of the 1970s operating as a cruise liner, based in Southampton for half of the year and Sydney for the other half. From 1981 until her sale by P&O in 1986 she was based permanently in Sydney, cruising the South Pacific with the occasional far east run to Japan, Hong Kong, China, Singapore and Indonesia.

Being the fastest ship in the fleet, with a cruising speed of 27.5 knots (30.64 knots was achieved on her trials), Oriana was capable of maintaining cruise schedules that are unatainable nowdays. I was a crew member on the ship for some years and can attest to the fact that she did not reduce speed in rough weather – sailing over a choppy sea at around 50 kilometres and hour was quite an experience.

The first card has a similar view to the one shown earlier of the “Gripsholm” in the Miraflores Lock in the Panama Canal. However there is no publisher’s name. The card reads “This view rather looks as if the good ship Oriana just managed to slide through” (they are right!). It was posted on 7 October 1963 in San Francisco to a recipient in Hawaii.

The second card is a maximum card dated 21 April 1984 that I created using a postcard that was available at no cost on board. J. Arthur Dixon published a number of cards of passenger ships of various companies. I like the fact that the stamp is inscribed “Oriana in Point Cruz, Honiara”, while the cloudscape is the same as that on the card photograph taken from Cowes, Isle of Wight, UK (a bit of artistic licence!).
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The SS Oriana entering the Miraflores Locks of the Panama Canal
The SS Oriana entering the Miraflores Locks of the Panama Canal
This is a USA stamp commemorating the centenary of the Pony Express 1860-1960
This is a USA stamp commemorating the centenary of the Pony Express 1860-1960
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Here are a couple of mine from various cruise lines P&O and Princess /cruises
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Hi Bowyum and snowy12! Great to see your cards. Thanks for adding to the thread.

Interesting to see Circular Quay in Sydney mentioned, I had recently posted in another thread this card:

Postcard: Oilette card of Sydney & Circular Quay.
Postcard: Oilette card of Sydney & Circular Quay.



Big change in both views!

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Frigate "Nadezhda". Because of the covid, I could not get on it :?

The postcard went to Vilnius (Lithuania)
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Nice card! A fine ship and a bridge. :D Where is the bridge?
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This is a view of the historical center of Nizhny Novgorod (the city where I live) :)

This postcard was sent to the USA
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Dieppe, in France, this time. Unfortunately, the stamp was removed from the card. It seems the card was underpaid - I don't know what the I. S. & F. mean.
Postcard: Dieppe - La Gare Maritime.
Postcard: Dieppe - La Gare Maritime.

Stamp missing. Postmarked Paris 1906
Stamp missing. Postmarked Paris 1906


The Kaiser's yacht on what is now the Kiel Canal.
Postcard Kiel Canal.
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Nikolay Shkot and troopship Yaponets, The island of Shkot (о. Шкота) is marked on the map.
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Two more ships; The "Nieu Amsterdam" and "Durban Castle".

Holland America Line was founded in Rotterdam, Netherlands, and from 1873 to 1989, it operated as a Dutch shipping line, a passenger line, a cargo line and a cruise line operating primarily between the Netherlands and North America. As part of the company's legacy, it was directly involved in the transport of many hundreds of thousands of emigrants from the Netherlands to North America.

During the first 25 years, the company carried 400,000 people from Europe to the Americas. Other North American ports were added during the early 20th century.

Though transportation and shipping were the primary sources of revenue, in 1895, HAL offered its first vacation cruise. Its second vacation cruise, from New York to Palestine, was first offered in 1910.

One notable ship was the elegant 36,000 gross ton SS Nieuw Amsterdam of 1937, it and RMS Queen Mary being the only two liners built in the 1930s to make a profit.

At the start of the Second World War, HAL had 25 ships; nine remained at war's end. At the beginning of the war, the Westernland acquired from the Red Star Line in 1939, berthed at Falmouth, England, became the seat of the Dutch government. The Nieuw Amsterdam sailed half a million miles transporting 400,000 military personnel. After the war, the shipping line was instrumental in transporting a massive wave of immigrants from the Netherlands to Canada and elsewhere.

Originally she was to be named Prinsendam, however during construction, Holland America Line decided to name their new flagship Nieuw Amsterdam, in honor of the Dutch settlement of New Amsterdam, modern-day New York.

Construction on the new liner was carried out at the N.V. Rotterdam Drydock Company. Christened by Queen Wilhelmina in April 1937, Nieuw Amsterdam was, at 36,982 tonnes, the largest liner ever constructed in the Netherlands up to that time. Proudly she was dubbed the Dutch "Ship of peace" since there were no provisions for possible war use incorporated in her design.

At the time Nieuw Amsterdam was more completely protected against fire, had the largest air conditioning plant and the highest percentage of private baths of any ship afloat. The ship was also the only liner with a fully equipped and air conditioned theater.
Postcard: S.S. Nieuw Amsterdam. Holland-America Line. 36,640 Gross Reg.Tons.
Postcard: S.S. Nieuw Amsterdam. Holland-America Line. 36,640 Gross Reg.Tons.

Postmark: Postagent / SS Nieu Amsterdam? Dated 27 VII ?   Posted on the ship?  40c stamp.
Postmark: Postagent / SS Nieu Amsterdam? Dated 27 VII ? Posted on the ship? 40c stamp.



The Union-Castle Line was a British shipping line that operated a fleet of passenger liners and cargo ships between Europe and Africa from 1900 to 1977. It was formed from the merger of the Union Line and Castle Shipping Line.

It merged with Bullard King and Clan Line in 1956 to form British & Commonwealth Shipping, and then with South African Marine Corporation (commonly referred to as Safmarine) in 1973 to create International Liner Services, but maintained its separate identity throughout. Its shipping operations ceased in 1977.

Union-Castle named most of their ships with the suffix "Castle" in their names; the names of several inherited from the Union Line were changed to this scheme (for example, Galacian became Glenart Castle) but others (such as Galeka) retained their original name. They were well known for the lavender-hulled liners with red funnels topped in black, running on a rigid timetable between Southampton and Cape Town. Every Thursday at 4pm a Union-Castle Royal Mail Ship would leave Southampton bound for Cape Town. At the same time, a Union-Castle Royal Mail Ship would leave Cape Town bound for Southampton. In 1922 the line introduced its Round Africa service, a nine-week voyage calling at twenty ports en route. Alternate sailings travelled out via the Suez Canal and out via West Africa.

Durban Castle 1938 17,382 1962 scrapped. In 1947 it was the crime scene of the Porthole Murder Case.

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Postcard: The Union-Castle Line M.V. "Durban Castle". 17,382 Tons.
Postcard: The Union-Castle Line M.V. "Durban Castle". 17,382 Tons.

Posted in Gibraltar. 2d. The Rock Northside stamp, overprinted "New Constitution 1950 and ½d. King George VI definitive.
Posted in Gibraltar. 2d. The Rock Northside stamp, overprinted "New Constitution 1950 and ½d. King George VI definitive.

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And two more; A French sailing ship and a Chinese Junk.

Postcard: Aprés la Tempete, en route sous petite voilure.
Postcard: Aprés la Tempete, en route sous petite voilure.

French Postcard: 10c definitive.
French Postcard: 10c definitive.



The Chinese Junk card has a Hong Kong stamp, but was postmarked in Shanghai.

Postcard: Chinese Junk.
Postcard: Chinese Junk.

Kingshill No. 85      4c Hong Kong King Edward VII Stamp. Postmarked Shanghai B.P.O. Sept. 13th 1907.
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Came across another postcard with a ship included in the view.

Postcard: Varna, Bulgaria.
Postcard: Varna, Bulgaria.

No stamp. Postmarked 16.07.14
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The boat is incidental on this postcard. The main focus is of The Tower of London.
The boat is the Eleanor Rose.
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Postcard: The Tower of London and the "Eleanor Rose" boat.
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Berlin Postcard with picture of Gorch Fock and 1975 stamp of Dampfer "Siegfried".

Berlin Postcard: 40c Steamer 'Siegfried' 1975 stamp.
Berlin Postcard: 40c Steamer 'Siegfried' 1975 stamp.




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Now, I know I titled this thread for postcards, but I'm including other nautical items as well.


German Cover: Paquebot mark and postmarked Kotka,, Finland.
German Cover: Paquebot mark and postmarked Kotka,, Finland.

German Cover: Posted onboard M/S Transeuropa with a German stamp,, postmarked in Helsinki.
German Cover: Posted onboard M/S Transeuropa with a German stamp,, postmarked in Helsinki.

German Cover: Posted on board the M/S "Transfinlandia" with a German stamp and postmarked in Helsinki,, Finland.
German Cover: Posted on board the M/S "Transfinlandia" with a German stamp and postmarked in Helsinki,, Finland.

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More nautical stuff.

Every year, in the last week of June, more than three million people from 70 countries visit the biggest summer festival in northern Europe. Kieler Woche is the final regatta of the seven regattas included in the fourth edition of the ISAF Sailing World Cup, the annual series for Olympic sailing.
German Cover: "Captains Corner", Kiel 2000 with pictorial postmark.
German Cover: "Captains Corner", Kiel 2000 with pictorial postmark.

German Pre-Paid Cover: Kieler Woche/Pictorial Postmark/ picture of Bark "Belem".
German Pre-Paid Cover: Kieler Woche/Pictorial Postmark/ picture of Bark "Belem".

Postcard: 47c German Stamp.Pictorial postmark & picture of "Gorch Foch" ship.
Postcard: 47c German Stamp.Pictorial postmark & picture of "Gorch Foch" ship.

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German Pre-Paid Card. With a "Deutsche Schiffspost" postmark. MS "Wappen Von Hamburg" cachet.

German Pre-Paid Card. With a "Deutsche Schiffspost" postmark. Hamburg-Cuxhaven-Helgoland Route.  Olympic Summer Games Sydney 2000.
German Pre-Paid Card. With a "Deutsche Schiffspost" postmark. Hamburg-Cuxhaven-Helgoland Route. Olympic Summer Games Sydney 2000.


Pre-paid card. Deutsche Schiffspost cancel. MS "Seute DEERN".
Pre-paid card. Deutsche Schiffspost cancel. MS "Seute DEERN". U. OSTSEEFAHRTEN*HELGOLANDDIENST
Pre-paid card. Deutsche Schiffspost cancel. MS "Seute DEERN". U. OSTSEEFAHRTEN*HELGOLANDDIENST

Card: Kieler Woche 2012 Pictorial Postmark. Windjammer-Parade.
Card: Kieler Woche 2012 Pictorial Postmark. Windjammer-Parade.

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Commemorative Page (Gedenkblatt) Nr. 147
Gedenkblatt Nr. 147 M/S "Color Fantasy". With 45c Lighthouse Stamp.
Gedenkblatt Nr. 147 M/S "Color Fantasy". With 45c Lighthouse Stamp.

Details.
Details.


Gedenkblatt Nr. 146.
Gedenkblatt Nr. 146 Bahnhofsfest Kiel - 11.05.2006 with 45c Lighthouse stamp & pictorial postmark.
Gedenkblatt Nr. 146 Bahnhofsfest Kiel - 11.05.2006 with 45c Lighthouse stamp & pictorial postmark.

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Postcard: Segelschulschiff "Alexander von Humbolt II".

Alexander von Humboldt II is a German sailing ship built as a replacement for the ship Alexander von Humboldt, which had been launched in 1906 and used for sail training until 1988. Constructed by Brenn- und Verformtechnik (BVT) in Bremen, the new ship was launched in 2011.

Just like her predecessor, the Alexander von Humboldt II is operated by Deutsche Stiftung Sail Training in Bremerhaven which offers sail training for people between 14 and 75 years of age.
Postcard: Segelschulschiff "Alexander von Humbolt II".
Postcard: Segelschulschiff "Alexander von Humbolt II".

45c German Lighthouse Stamp with pictorial postmark.
45c German Lighthouse Stamp with pictorial postmark.



Card showing the buoy tender "Bussard". The last buoy laying boat under steam. Built 1906.
http://wordpress.dampfschiff-bussard.de/

Card showing the buoy tender "Bussard". With 45c German Lighthouse stamp & pictorial postmark.
Card showing the buoy tender "Bussard". With 45c German Lighthouse stamp & pictorial postmark.

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Here are some images of a famous passenger ship, the Cunard Line Queen Elizabeth 2. When her construction began in 1964 the transatlantic run, for which she was mainly intended, had significant competition from airlines. It might be said that Cunard were taking a gamble by ordering the ship at all. There were only three other large liners on transatlantic services at the time of her introduction. Delays at the ship yard and quality issues meant that she was not handed over to Cunard until 18 April 1969. Throughout her early career she suffered problems with her propulsion system, until her steam turbines were replaced with diesel-electric engines in 1986/87.

The name of the ship was given to her simply because she was the second ship of the name to be operated by the Cunard Line. It was not intended that she was named for UK’s monarch. Despite this the name Queen Elizabeth II was incorrectly bestowed on her in some circumstances. The first card shown here is an example of this error. It is an artist’s impression of the ship, probably produced in the mid 1960s. Apart from the mis-naming of the ship it appears to be an accurate image of her.

The next card shows the ship at Circular Quay in Sydney, c. 1976 while she was on a world cruise. This card refers to her as the QE2 which was the commonly used abbreviation of her name. The third card shows her in exotic surroundings at Port of Refuge Harbour in the port of Neiafu, in Vava’u group of islands, part of Tonga. The card is inscribed MV Queen Elizabeth II, so the publishers go both the name wrong and her means of propulsion. She was propelled by steam turbines at the time so was not a motor vessel. The card was postmarked rather indistinctly at Vava’u on 9 April 1980. Fancy stamps!

The fourth card shows the ship in Southamption in 1982 being refitted as a troop transport prior to sailing to the South Atlantic to participate in the Falklands War. The card is part of a set depicting all the British ships that took part in the conflict, issued in 1983 to commemorate the first anniversary of the liberation of the islands. The reverse of the card shows the Falkland Island’s commemorative postmark. This card shows her with her correct full name.


SS “Queen Elizabeth II” – an artist’s impression
SS “Queen Elizabeth II” – an artist’s impression
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SS Queen Elizabeth 2 described as QE2 at Circular Quay, Sydney
SS Queen Elizabeth 2 described as QE2 at Circular Quay, Sydney
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“MV Queen Elizabeth II” at Port of Refuge Harbour, Vava’u, Tonga
“MV Queen Elizabeth II” at Port of Refuge Harbour, Vava’u, Tonga
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SS Queen Elizabeth 2 refitting as troop ship at Southampton, UK
SS Queen Elizabeth 2 refitting as troop ship at Southampton, UK
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Nice! Thanks for posting. I like the Tongan stamps too. :D
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Here are a couple of post cards of ships from the United Fruit Company's "Great White Fleet." These two are sister ships (from a family of six):
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A Postcard of the Turbo Electric Ship Antigua
from the United Fruit Company's Great White Fleet
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An air letter with a ship's cancellation from the Antigua
dated April Fool's Day, 1949 (hmmm?)
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A Postcard of the sister ship Quirigua
from the United Fruit Company's Great White Fleet
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Reverse of the post card
postmarked Cristobal, Canal Zone October 2, 1934
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A postcard from Liverpool, showing, as one of three scenes, a boat.


Unposted Postcard: Liverpool scenes
Unposted Postcard: Liverpool scenes

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All I could make out from the card was that the boat 's name was "Royal ?" I eventually tracked it down as the "Royal Iris".

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/MV_Royal_Iris_of_the_Mersey
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N.B. THERE WERE TWO LAURENTICS. I don't know which one the postcard refers to.

This one may be of interest to Stampboard members from Canada - although one website is based in Northern Ireland. The end of the Laurentic is rather a sad story.

Unused Postcard: 6 Crew members of H.M.S. Laurentic.
Unused Postcard: 6 Crew members of H.M.S. Laurentic.

Made in Canada.
Made in Canada.




SS Laurentic was a UK transatlantic ocean liner that was built in Ireland and launched in 1908. She is an early and influential example of a ship whose propulsion combined reciprocating steam engines with a low-pressure steam turbine.

Laurentic was one of a pair of sister ships that were ordered in 1907 by Dominion Line but completed for White Star Line. Her regular route was between Liverpool and Quebec City.

In 1914 Laurentic was briefly a troop ship, and then served for more than two years as an armed merchant cruiser (AMC). As such she saw service off West Africa, Singapore, the Bay of Bengal and the Far East.

In 1917 two German mines sank Laurentic off the northern coast of Ireland. Her crew successfully abandoned ship, but 354 of them died of hypothermia in her lifeboats.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/SS_Laurentic_(1908)

https://laurenticmemorial.com/

https://www.uboat.net/allies/merchants/ship/648.html

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/SS_Laurentic_(1927)

Laurentic was carrying about 43 tons of gold bars when she sank. Most were salvaged by 1924, three more were found in the 1930s, but 22 remain unaccounted for.

Laurentic's wreck is in the territorial waters of the Republic of Ireland and protected by Irish law. No diving is allowed on the wreck without a licence from the relevant department of the Irish government.
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No, I haven't lost the run of myself! There is a Nautical part to this card. Look at the "postmark/cachet".

Postcard: La smagliante regina d'ogni fiore ti sia aulente messaggera d'amore.
Postcard: La smagliante regina d'ogni fiore ti sia aulente messaggera d'amore.

Marked POST OFFICE MARITIME MAIL. From Trieste 1945 addressed to the U.K.
Marked POST OFFICE MARITIME MAIL. From Trieste 1945 addressed to the U.K.

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The boat appears to be The Wilhelm Tell, and she is still there in Lucerne.!

http://paddlesteamers.info/WilhelmTell.htm

Unposted Postcard: Luzern und Pilatus.
Unposted Postcard: Luzern und Pilatus.

E. Goetz, Kunstanstalt, Luzern. 4239
E. Goetz, Kunstanstalt, Luzern. 4239

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Off to Norway, this time.

Unposted Postcard: Sogn: Aurlandsfjorden
Unposted Postcard: Sogn: Aurlandsfjorden

Aurlandsfjord - K. Knudsen & Co. Bergen
Aurlandsfjord - K. Knudsen & Co. Bergen

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