Crossing The Oceans
Throughout the twentieth century, great ocean liners have carried their passengers and crew to all corners of the globe. Whether transporting families to new lives in the southern hemisphere or cruising in the Mediterranean Sea, these great ships were synonymous with comfort and style. Names such as Queen Mary, Oriana and Australis reflected the proud heritage of the shipping lines whose fleets spanned the globe.
Over the past two decades, Joe Clark has assembled a unique collection of amateur film of these liners in their heyday. This has now been made available for the public to enjoy in a three part series titled Crossing the Oceans. Now digitally remastered, this film will bring back happy memories for those lucky enough to have sailed on these magnificent ships. Watch as they sail into and out of the many ports on their voyages and enjoy the many scenes of life on board.
The Crossing the Oceans series is organised by shipping lines. Part One covers ships of the P&O Company and its associated lines; the Orient Line, British India Lines and the New Zealand Shipping Company. Part Two features the Cunard Queens, Canadian Pacific, Royal Mail, Shaw Savill and Union Castle Lines. Part Three showcases ships from Italy, Greece, The Netherlands and many other European nations as well as some British cargo vessels en-route to Australia.
Crossing The Oceans - Part 1
Part One features ships of the P&O company and associated lines, namely the Orient Line, British India Line and New Zealand Shipping Company.
In all 23 different ships are covered, including Oriana, Himalaya and Canberra. A moving introduction sets the scene and then each shipping line is covered in turn with varied scenes of life on board and dramatic shots of the ships at sea and in harbour.
Crossing The Oceans - Part 2
Part Two of our series begins with extensive footage of Queen Mary and Queen Elizabeth. The transatlantic theme continues with striking scenes of United States and two other US liners. Two Canadian Pacific liners are shown leaving Liverpool en-route to Montreal. The Royal Mail Line is represented by Andes and Arlanza as we move to the South American routes. Akaroa and Northern Star fly the Shaw Savill flag together with other famous names. A long chapter is devoted to the Union Castle Line and we finish with rare film of British troopships.
Crossing The Oceans - Part 3
Part Three celebrates the famous ships that sailed from Europe to the New World in the years after the Second World War. The film begins with an extended sequence showing life on board the Patonga, a P&O cargo vessel, on the long voyage to Sydney. We move on then to some classic Italian liners sailing under the famous colours of the Costa, Italian and Sitmar lines. The flagships of the Chandris line are next, fondly remembered by many thousands of emigrants. Many French, Dutch, German and Scandanavian liners follow.