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Old 9th June 2011, 18:41
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Nice looking ships.

This may not be the right place to start this thread, but I am sure the Gentle Moderators will replace it if needed.

Looking at some of the lovely photos that members have taken over the years, I wonder has anyone ever said to themselves "now THAT is a beautiful looking ship"?

Of course, everyone has their own idea of what that means, but I am interested as to what fellow SN'ers think.
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Old 9th June 2011, 19:36
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I have always had a love of the old steam coasters the type with the bridge midships. Matching that is a love of the big traditional tugs, the ones that look like tugs from Europe and the US.
Nicest Cargo ships would be Brocklebanks Mahout and Markor.
Most beautiful ship ever was watching Queen Mary coming out of a dull morning, coming towards us and cracking on a good turn of speed.
Beautiful indeed.

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Old 9th June 2011, 20:20
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Honestly I find any ship large or small from the pre-container age preferable to the almost identical, ugly and indistinguishable ships of today. But, I guess 100 years ago old salts from the sailing ship era were saying the same about those awful steam ships. The worst thought is that today's bulk carriers and container ships may be considered the 'the good old days' in 50 years time.
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Though I,ve never seen one in real life,only photos in SNs fishing boat gallery,I like the lines of the big pelagic trawlers sailing today.
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Old 9th June 2011, 23:19
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Whilst my second trip was on Mahout and I took the Markhor to hand over(to the eventual scrappers) and I did spend some time on Maihar ( loved it) - there is a snap on here somewhere of the Mahsud off Cape Town (with a London bus on deck). That I think is the finest snap I have seen of a Brocks boat. I am sure many others will disagree but Hey Ho - lets have a beer and discuss with nodding of heads , raising of elbows and a right to differ.
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Old 10th June 2011, 07:48
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Without doubt, the most beautiful ship I ever saw was the ED's mailboat 'Aureol'. As a small boy I was often taken down to New brighton to watch ships entering and leaving Liverpool. I used to get quite excitied when I saw Aureol leave Pier head and pass the 'Brazil', pilot on board. Little did I think then that years later I would serve aboard as officer cadet for 3 round-trips to Lagos. Sadly by this time, the late 60's / early 70's, the writing was on the wall for passenger travel by sea. The era of cruising had really to begin, we were in a sort of purgatory as regards this activity.
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I think that there is a thread on this subject started about 18 months ago but can't remember where?
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Old 11th June 2011, 11:25
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This may not be the right place to start this thread, but I am sure the Gentle Moderators will replace it if needed.

Looking at some of the lovely photos that members have taken over the years, I wonder has anyone ever said to themselves "now THAT is a beautiful looking ship"?

Of course, everyone has their own idea of what that means, but I am interested as to what fellow SN'ers think.
I have not put any photos up on this site but the ones i have on others i do admire some are not mine i aggree but i do admite good looking ships especialy the likes of battleships .I think how beutiful but powerful and deadly they were
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Old 11th June 2011, 11:53
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I've always liked pre war ships. Most of them have nice restrained curves and well proportioned masts and deck houses. I think this is because at that time all design was by hand in a drawing office with the full scale being fared out by the shipwrights using battens.

Most modern ships look dreadful, particularly the cruise liners.
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Old 11th June 2011, 17:26
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Some of the most beautiful vessel's built were the "traditional" Banana Boat's both pre and post WW2, before the container's of course
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Old 11th June 2011, 17:39
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It looked to me as for some reason reefers were made to look good? Well, I thought a lot of them looked god at least.

Some part of the appreciation of beauty is a preference for own culture i think, so that British sailors would honestly prefer the looks of British ships, the Scandinavians Scandinavian etc?

I remember that some sailors took pride in recognising the nationality of far away ships, but all i remember of details was the claim that you could recognise a Yank by the "forest" on deck.

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Some part of the appreciation of beauty is a preference for own culture i think, so that British sailors would honestly prefer the looks of British ships, the Scandinavians Scandinavian etc?

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Stein, Very true but a few years ago there was a survey on which was the most beautiful passenger liner every built. The one ship that was voted for... far more than any other was the 1938 Holland America NIEUW AMSTERDAM.

Of course sailors mostly prefer their own but don't forget that a century most of the best looking ships in the world, regardless of the flag they wore, came from British yards.... English, Scottish and Irish!

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Old 11th June 2011, 18:20
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Yes, clean and harmonious: http://www.shipsnostalgia.com/galler...m-1957/cat/533

Yes of course the British were shipbuilders to the world at one time. Picking the most beautiful sailing ships built, you’d get mainly British vessels of course. Many of the later ones from J. Reid & Co in Glasgow,

Many would like to have seen a bit more sheer on British ships though, there is a bit too much of horizontality, and I might add, verticality. The Americans perhaps overdid it the other way, the Germans stuck to functionality and produced results you could measure, the French individualists did not want to avail themselves too much of other people successes, and produced some really odd shapes. But there have been good looking vessels built nearly everywhere.
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Old 11th June 2011, 18:23
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Stein, I believe it was the speed and passenger carrying element which made the design of Reefer's so "Yacht" like. Mar F had some superb vessel's but they did have some "utility" type's built where the passenger's did not have to pay for the voyage.
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Some of the most beautiful vessel's built were the "traditional" Banana Boat's both pre and post WW2, before the container's of course
Couldn't agree more, but think about the Hamburg Sud ships BEFORE the CapSan yachts; CAP VILANO and CAP NORTE come to mind. Reefers always seem to be the prettiest, but a big heavy geared Blue'ey, or one of KNJCP/RIL little "Dinkey" freighters? The lines and functionality of those ships always hit the spot with me.
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Old 11th June 2011, 23:42
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Most beautiful ship ever built has to be the original Queen Elizabeth. Her profile and lines are 100% perfect. However the crew accomodation was something else.
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I think that there is a thread on this subject started about 18 months ago but can't remember where?

Indeed there was - do a search in "Mess Deck" for the thread "Best Lookers", started in September 2010 by Dickyboy and you will find many of the same names there too.

Although I have a distinct bias towards Grey Funnel Line ships, I always thought that the CARONIA was a real beauty - certainly compared with present day cruise ships! - and that the Port Line ships had wonderful lines.

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Old 12th June 2011, 09:56
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Savannah has beautiful lines as has the Canberra
The Modern day vessel, although functional, are ugly to the extreme.
Others include the most beautiful, ship of all Queen Mary 1. Any Blue Flu vessel that were Beautiful in their Elegance.....pete
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Old 12th June 2011, 11:23
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Years ago each company's ships were easily recognisible from a distance. In fact individual vessels were readily spotted. Can one remember spotting a couple of masts and a funnel (invariably spouting great plumes of smoke) on the horizon, and identifying the actual vessel. Not today though. Every company had 'good lookers' from Blueys to the Clans and Cities. Perhaps I'm sad but nostalgia is a wonderful thing. Oh, and I almost forgot, Stricks, my own company, had some 'good lookers' !
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Old 12th June 2011, 11:59
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We used to be able to identify many ships, especially our own Clan Line vessels by their lights at night.
Many of the Clans had 4 hatches forward of the bridge and one aft and that gave a distinctive gap between the lights.
The older Clan vessels from the 50's were beautiful ships such as my favourite the Argyllshire.
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Caronia, Pendennis Castle and Andes.

End of discussion!
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Old 12th June 2011, 16:03
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Some of the shipping companies of old had their own gimmicks so that their ships were easily regognized from afar, Star boats with the oversize funnels, BTC with the high white masts ,Bank line by their scruffy appies(just kidding) but I still think the "birdie boats"of BTC take some beating
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Old 12th June 2011, 16:17
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This one was a real beauty; Shell's Sepia, seen here on sea trials in 1960.
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Old 12th June 2011, 16:28
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I'll agree with that, and I wouldn't expect tankers to be prominent among ships presented as beauties.
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Old 12th June 2011, 17:15
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Cunards cargo boats Alsatia & Andria circa 1960s? were my idea of a beautiful looking ships. Both ex Silver Line. In those days and earlier there were some lovely looking Swedish passenger boats running into Tilbury riversite berths.
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