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The turbine steamer SAXONIA (1954/21,637 grt) photographed at Southampton shortly before being renamed CARMANIA.
5th April 2005, 19:30
It was great to see your photo of Saxonia. I remember going aboard her as a lad in Liverpool (Huskison Dock maybe) in the late 60's.
My Dad was an ex-Cunard printer & we went to see some of his old shipmates.
12th July 2012, 10:38
Nice Photo,I did three trips on her in 1960,(Captain JOHN TREASURE JONES) had a great time as a deck boy,I still use the knowledge that i learnt on this ship. There was a programme on the box last night(11/7/12) and JTJ was on it.It was about the last days of the liners,worth watching.
12th July 2012, 14:24
Alan, Also saw the programme, it was very interestiing.
12th July 2012, 15:20
Growing up in New Jersey I had a neighbor who, along with her London based son, did numerous trips annually on Queen ships. When I told her we were going to Europe and hoped to return on one of the Queens, she said I must tell her which booking and she would give me a letter of introduction to "darling Geoffrey Marr" (QE)or "that rascal Treasure-Jones" (QM). By the time we went the rascal and the Mary were gone, and the Elizabeth was on short time, but I did give her letter to Cdr Marr. She must have pulled some weight because it got us Captain's cabin cocktails, a dinner at the Captain's table, Brandies in the Verandah Grill, and the next day I got a top to bottom tour including a short stint at the helm of the Elizabeth. As I said, it must have been quite a letter--I almost wish I had steamed it open! It would have been nice to meet JTJ though.
12th July 2012, 19:31
Ihad an experience on the Saxonia, We were in QUEBEC,and i was called to the Captains cabin to be told both my parents were dying, i asked JTJ if i could finish the trip back to Southampton,he was great and i did complete the trip, I think he was impressed as i was only 16 and a bit,when we got back,i had a taxi waiting to the station,the train booked,and off i went. It was a hard voyage as i worked the deck,so i fell asleep on the train,only to be woken up at St budeux station,by both parents,they missed me, wrecked my career, thats life. but i would have loved to go back, alas i never did, i served 23 years in the R.N,last ship? Atlantic Conveyor 1982 Survivor or what?
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