Liners We Once Loved
This is a new series called "Liners we once Loved". Each film in this series concentrates on one of the old liners that once crossed these oceans carrying passengers, cargo and mail to and from all parts of the globe
Most of the film is taken from converted cine film taken by passengers, crew members, and ship lovers on the fore-shore. the condition of the film varies in quality some of which is not to good but none the less worthy to be included.
Some of the material has been shown in other films I have made, however much is new material, the idea being to bring together all material on one ship together.
Liners we once Loved - Oriana I
"Oriana" was built by Vickers-Armstrong and launched on November the 3rd 1959. Completed in 1960, she made her maiden voyage on December the 3rd 1960. She weighed 41910 gross tons and carried 638 first class passengers, 1496 tourist class passengers, and has a crew of 903. She was withdrawn from service in 1986 and eventually ended up in Dalian where a typhoon damaged her beyond repair in 2004.
Liners we once Loved - Canberra
"Canberra" was built by Harland and Wolff, Belfast and launched in 1960. She made her maiden voyage in June 1961. As built, she was 45270 gross tons and carried 548 first class passengers, 1650 tourist class and had a crew of 900. From 1973 she was used for cruising only until taken up by the ministry of defence in 1982 for trooping. She returned to cruising later that year She was withdrawn from service in 1997, being scrapped in Pakistan later that year.
Farewell Canberra - A Glorious Goodbye
A nostalgic feel to "Canberra", the last of the line. Launched in 1960, Canberra made her maiden voyage in June 1961.
She was primarily concieved as a passenger liner, primarily destined for the Southampton to Sydney route, but by the time of her launch the merger between P&O and the Orient line was well established as the P&O Orient Line.
From 1983 Canberras role was purely cruising, based in Southampton, until she was taken up as a troopship for the Falklands war. It was in that conflict that she aquired the nickname "The Great White Whale".
She returned to cruising shortly afterwards until her last cruise in 1997, when she was sold for scrapping in Pakistan.
Atlantic Queens - Queen Mary and Queen Elizabeth
The Queen Mary and Queen Elizabeth were both built by Brown on Clydebank.
The Queen Mary was 80,774 GRT when built and launched in 1934. The Queen Elizabeth was 83,673 GRT and launched in 1938.
Both ships saw service as troopships during the Second World War.
The Queen Mary is preserved as a hotel and museum in Long Beach California. The Queen Elizabeth burnt out in Hong Kong harbour whilst being converted to a university and was scrapped.
Queen Elizabeth 2
Built by Brown on Clydebank in 1967 the Queen Elizabeth 2 was 65,863 GRT.
She did two sets of trials, a shake down cruise and further trials before she was delivered in 1969.
She was refitted with diesel engines in 1986/87 and continued in service until 1968 when she was sold.
It was intended that she would be converted to a hotel ship in Dubai but this is still to transpire (2014).