With Reuben Goossens

Maritime Historian


“The Saxonia Class Liners”

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The following three images were kindly provided to Maritime World Online by
Mr. Philip Wood who sailed on the Saxonia ex Liverpool to Quebec 2 May 1956.

Above: Cunard inserted this delightful colour sketch into each Passenger List.

Above: Passenger List Cover


Right, “list of officers” of the 2nd of May 1956 voyage


See more images of these magnificent ships

(Link located down the page)


Memories of the Franconia


by Steve Pudney


Our journey was from Montreal to Southampton in 1963, occupying three luxury cabins. I was 13 at the time, and remember three vivid things about the voyage.


1 … With the ship having its own cinema, I watched "CHARADA" three times running. It starred Audrey Hepburn, and Cary Grant.


2 … My father challenged me to eat the 13 courses at one evening sitting to win a bet. Well, I lost because they served crystallised ginger towards the end, and that finished me!!!


3 … There was a hurricane, which the ship had to negotiate during the voyage, thus, many passengers were given an injection, that they would sleep through it. I had the injection but my father did not. When I awoke he was more greener in colour than me!!!!!!


Interior and exterior Images


Ivernia with her three forward holds clearly visible



Original postcard of the Ivernia’s Tourist Class Drawing / Writing Room
(Authors Private Collection)


Original postcard of the Ivernia’s Tourist Class Dinning Room.
(Authors Private Collection)


A super view of the Saxonia as built - (Postcard from Authors Private Collection)



A fine aerial view of the now renamed Carmania (Saxonia)
She is seen after her refit in her new cruising guise with a green hull.

(Image from Authors Private Collection)

We thank Mr. Philip Wood for his delightful images of the 1956 passenger list, and Mr Steve Putney for his memories.


Page 1 – Foreword – Construction

Page 2 – Sitmar buys Carinthia and Ivernia – Sisters go Russian

Page 3 - Fairwind / Fairsea – Sitmar sold to P&O Princess Cruises

Page 4 – The Fairstar the Australian connection

Page 5 – Fair Princess becomes an Aussie

Page 6 – Passenger list images

Page 7Albatros ex Dawn Princess / Fairwind / Sylvania / Ivernia /

Saxonia – Passenger list images

Fair Princess Photo Album – Exteriors

Fair Princess Photo Album - Interiors

Fedor Shalyapin - ex Franconia / Ivernia

China Sea Discovery – ex Fair Princess / Fairsea / Fairland / Carinthia

China Sea Discovery Photo Album

China Sea Discovery Saga


All photographs are by the author, or from the author's private collection, unless mentioned otherwise ~ Fairsea in Juneau Alaska - Luca Ferrerio ~ Fair Princess (Princess Cruises) - Marvin Jensen ~ Pacific Sky – Marion Carter ~ China Sea Discovery - Kiwi Marine Consultants Ltd, Hong Kong ~ Photographer of Fedor Shalyapin laid up, and other ‘*unknown’ photographers, please see photo notes below.

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