New to this forum

21st July 2008, 14:46
Hi all,

I am 38 year old, from the Netherlands. Since my 15th or so I was interested in big vessels, especially oceanliners. It started when I was young with the Titanic and her sad story. Wonderful ship especially for her time. Years later, when the Queen Mary 2 was launched a couple of years ago I began to search again for more information of old ocean-liners, preferably still existing. As anyone of you may know, very few exists at this time. I love reading the stories about the old vessels. I like the nice fast lining structures, the old but fast engines and the best, the still existing ones. Sadly I do not like the most modern cruiseships very much, they are nothing more than floating appartements-buildings, not really designed to withstand Atlantic storms and fast crossings. They look bulky! Well, it is unbelievable how they look at the inside, that’s true, but I miss the other things from the old liners.

Saturday I went to Zeebrugge to see the Queen Elisabeth 2 end the Queen Victoria. What a difference…it was nice to see, esp the QE2. What a beautiful ship.

In a few weeks, the old but revitalized 38,645 tons Rotterdam (it belonged to the HAL) will return to Rotterdam to function as a museum, hotel and so on. That is really good news! Looking forward to that. I don’t think there are older ocean liners than that still existing in good shape, apart from the Queen Mary. Or I am wrong? I read about the Unites States, but what will happen to her?

It is nice to see that there is is a forum with people sharing similar interests!

Bruce Carson
21st July 2008, 14:49
From Michigan, a warm welcome to Ships Nostalgia, Budje.
I think you'll find much to interest you here.
Make yourself at home and join in our friendly discussions.


K urgess
21st July 2008, 15:38
Welcome aboard, Budje.
Plenty of enthusiasts for the old liners among the crew.
Enjoy the voyage.

Steve Woodward
21st July 2008, 16:47
Welcome to SN from Suffolk, you will find many folk here with much the same views as yourself, and of course the exact opposite, enjoy your time with us,

21st July 2008, 18:38
Greetings Budje and welcome to SN from the south of England. Bon voyage.

21st July 2008, 23:42
Welcome aboard from the Philippines. Enjoy all this great site has to offer

22nd July 2008, 01:37
Welcome onboard to SN and enjoy the voyage

22nd July 2008, 23:01
Welcome from Lancashire.

I hope you will enjoy the site.