Square funnels

tell
8th May 2005, 02:11
In an earlier thread I discussed a ship I'd seen in Liverpool docks during the war called the Felix Roussel, I have now come across an old photo of her, it may be of interest to Jan.Tell

Jan Hendrik
8th May 2005, 11:55
Thanks Tell,
The graciousness of the ship totally disappears with those poor looking funnels.
You wonder what was in the mind of that naval architect.

julian anstis
8th May 2005, 12:25
Thanks Tell,
The graciousness of the ship totally disappears with those poor looking funnels.
You wonder what was in the mind of that naval architect.

Perhaps he was ahead of his time Jan.....looks like the prototype for the
first on board heli deck.......

Doug Rogers
8th May 2005, 23:19
Well if so I hope he had some decent on board sensors to help him come down through the smoke to land, even the RN wouldnt be that silly, would they??.
Doug

Piero43
13th July 2005, 10:11
Thanks Tell,
The graciousness of the ship totally disappears with those poor looking funnels.
You wonder what was in the mind of that naval architect.

I believe that the only reason was economy. Is much easier and cheaper to build a square funnel, welding together straight plates, than roll and fair them in a more streamlined shape. I wonder if it was worth to spoil the appareance of the ship for a little money saving.
Piero

Bruce Carson
13th July 2005, 12:12
She was one of a series of square funneled ships built for Messageries Maritimes in the late twenties and thirties.
Refunneled in a post war refit, she is probably better known as Arosa's Arosa Sun.

There's a really super Messageries Maritimes site online and they have a pictorial history of the ship:
http://www.es-conseil.fr/pramona/felix.htm

Bruce Carson
13th July 2005, 12:21
Sorry, the damned URL will not load as it should.
One more try:
http://www.es-conseil.fr/pramona/felix.htm

stevecz
13th July 2005, 12:22
Don't worry Bruce, so am I.
Stevecz

Piero43
13th July 2005, 14:42
She was one of a series of square funneled ships built for Messageries Maritimes in the late twenties and thirties.
Refunneled in a post war refit, she is probably better known as Arosa's Arosa Sun.

There's a really super Messageries Maritimes site online and they have a pictorial history of the ship:
http://www.es-conseil.fr/pramona/felix.htm


Here's a pic of Arosa Sun in late Fifties.
Her line is indeed much bettered by the single streamlined funnel and raked bow.
After the collapse of Arosa Line in 1958, she became an accomodation ship for Royal Dutch Steelworks, Broken up al Bilbao in 1974.
P.

fred henderson
13th July 2005, 22:26
The reason for the very odd looking funnels on the 1930s Messageries Maritimes ships was apparently entirely due to styling. The funnels were known as Nautonaphtes and were fitted on 6 MM ships. No one else used them. They looked a little better when they were painted white later in the lives of the ships.

Fred