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“Ships of the Month” #1 The Spanish Line MS Guadalupe & Cavadonga (1953)
Ship #2 Elder Dempster Lines MV Aureol (1951)
Ship #3 the Italian Line S.S. Leonardo da Vinci (1960)
“Updated Liner Orient Lines very last ever built Liner the SS Oriana (1960)
the days of SS Oriana from her construction, sea trials, maiden voyage, her failed time in
Finally: MV African Mercy, being my Special Interest & Fund Raising Campaign for “Mercy Ships”
to ssMaritime.com. During 2017, and yes even in 2018 I have
managed to add some additional Classic Liners and other ships to ssMaritime, as
well as managing to update some of my
date I have written well over 1,125 Classic Passenger Liners,
Passenger-Cargo Liners, including a good number of
humble Migrant ships, many
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A Spanish Line colour postcard of the MS Covadonga
The “Spanish Line”, also known as “Compania Trasatlantica S.A.,” ordered two fine 10,226 Gross Tonne Passenger-Cargo Liners the MS Guadalupe and Cavadonga, which were completed in 1953.
They were remarkable for their luxury First Class accommodations, besides the two spacious deluxe Suites, there were also fourteen deluxe Cabins that had private Verandas which were glass enclosed, as well as all have private facilities and fully air-conditioned.
During their working
life with The Spanish Line they operated between
Thus this is the story of two delightful Spanish liners, which I am sure will make for interesting reading. Enjoy!
Read more about these interesting ships … MS Guadalupe & Cavadonga
Also read about Three Other Spanish Liners …
The last of the ‘Ybarra’ Liners …
‘Aznar Lines’ Monte Style Liner …
Ship of the Month #2
I am delighted to add the delightful Elder Dempster Lines’ MV Aureol (1951) to the huge list of ships that I already have online, even though I commenced this feature back in 2012, but due email received not so long ago it made me look back what I had already commenced and decided to slowly finish it. I trust that you will enjoy learning more about the wonderful ship that became so lovingly known as the “White Swan”.
Amazingly she did have two lives, one as the Aureol, and another life thereafter, but I will leave that for you to discover throughout her amazing story!
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He we see the elegant Italian Line S.S. Leonardo da Vinci as she was from 1960 to late 1965
Due to the tragic loss of the magnificent Italian Line liner S.S. Andrea Doria which sank on July 25, 1956 after a collision with the Swedish liner MS Stockholm, and of course this proved to be a huge loss to the company, as the investigations rulings made the Italian Line cover the full cost of the loss of the Andrea Doria, whilst the Stockholm did have bow damage, which the Swedish American Line would financially covered. The Italian Government supported the Italia line and soon they commence to design a new and a larger ship, a ship that would become the revolutionary Leonardo da Vinci.
Externally the 1960, 33,340 Gross ton S.S. Leonardo da Vinci was very similar looking to her two earlier constructed sisters, however she was 63 ft longer and a good 2 ft wider, in addition she had a larger superstructure both forward and aft. The ships funnel was also beautifully re-shaped into a more modern shapely funnel, as well as being somewhat taller and she was given a small smoke deflector fin. Atop of her Bridge, but set back, we find the only mast on the Leonardo, and it a stylish tall, multi level radar mast, suitable for the ship being beautifully dressed with flags
Leonardo da Vinci had the same livery as the ill fated S.S. Andrea Doria and
her sister S.S. Cristoforo Colombo, having red boot topping which was itself
topped by a thin white ribbon. The ship had a perfectly painted black hull with
a thin white band painted two-thirds up the hull from the red boot topping and
its white ribbon. Forward she had just two king posts to handle cargo, however
far aft there was no cargo handling posts or any cranes, which provided the
four beautifully stepped spacious
Late 1965 & 66 she was painted all white as the company livery had changed as their ships were operating more and more cruises.
Here we see the 1966 new look Leonardo da Vinci, operating both as a trans-Atlantic liner and as a Cruise Ship!
There is no doubt externally, and I do mean visually, S.S. Leonardo da Vinci was a perfectly balanced liner; she was absolute perfection to behold at sea, be it way back then and even if she was with us today!, but being traditional, I still prefer the black hull!
Enter my Three Page feature on this amazing liner via the LINK below, it contains the Leonardo da Vinci’s amazing and most unusual history, and did you know that she was ready to be fitted with a nuclear power plant? The pages are full of photographs, brochures, posters, menus and a full Deck Plan will be online very soon!
SS Oriana is seen arriving in
Having sailed via the Suez Canal and she will return via
This extensive fourteen Webpage feature covers Oriana from her conception in 1954 to being broken up in 2005. Part One contains very special features, which are entirely related to her design, construction, launching, fitting out, sea trials and her maiden voyage with rare photographs thaat I have been given by the wife from the late Mr. Charles F Morris (famed for his “Book “Origins, Orient and Oriana”) who was a long established Orient Line Naval Architect being one of the ships main designers, and I received these photographs and other images that have never been seen before, thus come enjoy the beauty and come for an amazing ride as the SS Oriana comes to life!
Oriana’s uniquely located high and amidships Bridge with her funnel slightly aft up higher
Part Two covers the Oriana’s complete history “From Birth to the
Breakers”. From construction to completion, and her maiden voyage, her
later days as an all white cruise ship and to her sale to the Japanese in 1986.
Having been sold to the Chinese, she ended up in
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Construction, Photographs, Deck Plans, Posta Cards & much more!
Her History and passenger & crew Pages as well as photo pages!
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