Something Old, Something New

Two postcards I came across this week which highlight how ocean travel has changed over 70 years.

Tegelberg: (Info from Ronald Turner’s web page)Dutch passenger ship Built at Nederlandscae Sb hij in 1938 Capacity: 640 passengers.GRT: 14140, Length: 170.5 metres, Width: 22 metres, Speed: 17/18 knotsConverted to a Troopship and chartered for the Ministry […]

Aurora

Aurora

A postcard I sent home to Liz and the kids during my cruise between Sydney and Auckland.

The purser very kindly stamped it with the big black ship stamp before I posted it.

Unfortunately Aurora had problems with a thruster bearing during that leg of the voyage, so we missed a few ports, […]

Postcard: RMS Queen Mary 2

RMS Queen Mary 2 Originally uploaded by MagicTyger

A postcard from Wendy, who works on Cunard’s flagship RMS Queen Mary 2. This postcard was sent recently while she was crossing the North Atlantic from Southampton to New York.

Thanks Wendy!

Queen Mary 2 was launched in 2003.

She has a length of 345m (1,132 […]

Rotterdam V in Bar Harbour

Rotterdam V in Bar Harbour Originally uploaded by MagicTyger

A Postcard from fellow ship watcher, Dave.

Built for Holland America Line (HAL) in Rotterdam in the 1950’s, she was the biggest passenger ship ever built in the Netherlands.

At almost 40,000 GRT, 228 metres long, she could carry almost 1,500 passengers on Trans-Atlantic crossings, […]

Isle of Pines, New Caledonia

Isle of Pines, New Caledonia

A postcard from fellow cruise lover, Fiona (Cruisenut) who’s on a south pacific cruise at the moment.

She says that the weather is good, and she thinks her ship is beautiful.

They’re already planning their next cruise.

Thanks for the postcard Fiona, I’ve got a nice QE2 postcard here […]

“M/S Funchal”

A Postcrossing post card from Vitoria in Portugal.

Funchal was originally built in 1961 to cruise between Lisbon, Madiera and the Azores. At 153m in length, she’s much smaller than many of today’s cruise ships, but she still has all of the essentials, including two restaurants, three bars, a theatre, a library and a […]

Fairsea – ASC

Fairsea – ASCOriginally uploaded by MagicTyger

A replica of an old Fairsea postcard I purchased while at the National Maritime Museum.

This is from the era shortly after World War 2 when she was bought by Alvion.

An interesting comparison to this postcard from Lesley that I wrote about earlier this week:

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Old Cunard Postcard

CunardOriginally uploaded by MagicTyger

A beautiful replica of an old Cunard postcard showing RMS Queen Mary and RMS Queen Elizabeth that I recently purchased from the National Maritime Museum.

The golden era of Ocean Liners!

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Ellinis, Fairsea

Postcards from CruiseCritic friend Lesley. Thanks Lesley!

Ellinis

Chandris liner Ellinis circa 1971.

This one makes a lovely match to another postcard I have of Ellinis here: neilius.blogspot.com/2008/07/arriving-in-oz.html

The “X” on the funnels is a greek “Chi” and stands for “Chandris” – she was part of the Chandris line.

This was the ship that my […]

“Ile de France”

DE-253807Originally uploaded by MagicTyger

“Ile de France”, French Line. Built 1927. A Postcrossing Postcard from Maren who lives in the west of Germany on the River Rhine.

The “Ile de France” was the first major ocean liner built after WW1, and was entirely decorated with Art Deco designs. She was considered the most beautifully decorated […]