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Graham the pipe



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Suppose if you're going to 'get it wrong' you may as well go out with a bang.

Seems to be a distinct lack of tugs in the vicinity.
· Date: Sun, 8 April 18 · Views: 634
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Keywords: Trafalgar Square. Nelson. rms Queen Mary.
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A.D.FROST

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Sun, 8 April 18 02:54

That's what I call a Space Ship
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Qu1ckn1ck
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Sun, 8 April 18 02:59

Was the pilot asleep ?
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John Cassels
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Sun, 8 April 18 03:04

Think this is from "Boys book of ships " 1950's.

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nickwilson89
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Sun, 8 April 18 10:57

It is a miracle she missed hitting Nelson's Column

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Dartskipper

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Sun, 8 April 18 11:25

A traffic warden will struggle to slap a ticket on the windscreen.

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Ozzie
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Sun, 8 April 18 11:49

Interesting historical sketch. Just a few thoughts and albeit semantically but in idly trying to trace it's history, I would agree with John's comment that it probably was in the Boy's Book of Ships in the 50's, in fact I seem to recall it myself in there.

However I think it's genre is in fact earlier and it was originally published in a British encyclopaedia in 1936/37 or so, something like the Encyclopaedia Britannica or then popular Newne's 'Pictorial Knowledge' of the time. My reason for that is the text which calls her "Britain's Masterpiece" i.e. it would appear to be before the Queen Elizabeth was built and probably just after the Queen Mary came into service and won the Blue Riband. As an additional clue to the date of the sketch, all the vehicles on the Square seem to be of 1930's vintage.

Still a very effective sketch though.

Also posted previously in 2011:
https://www.shipsnostalgia.com/galler...square/cat/533
and in 2007:
https://www.shipsnostalgia.com/galler...-mary-/cat/533

Thanks for the posting, Graham

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Graham the pipe

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Sun, 8 April 18 21:16

Hadn't realized I was 'triplicating' when posted, Ozzie but interesting that the resultant feedback is not dissimilar and confirms it's almost certain 1930's origins.

Have very vague memories of acquiring during the war years ~ the 'second', I'm not that old ~ a 'layered', small hard paper model that enabled you to 'remove' decks to reveal what was there. Anyone any memories of same?
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Mon, 16 April 18 17:12

This picture is in The Wonder Book Of Ships published in the late 1950s. I still have my book, so looking at it now. I would check where you found this Graham because you could be breaching copyright.

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Graham the pipe

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Tue, 17 April 18 02:33

Appreciate your comment David and am only too happy to apologise to the publishers of your book for my totally innocent breach, if applicable.

Should the book still be 'in print', I will happily buy a copy and trust this would amicably resolve the matter as the free advertising for their product, on this global site, must surely be priceless? {217 confirmed viewings of same in 9 days}. That said you're 'the boss', so if you'd feel happier deleting my post I understand your reasons.
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Tue, 17 April 18 03:35

When I posted the drawing I took it from “Shipping Wonders of the World”, first published in magazine format for subscribers, then later as a two-volume book in the late thirties. That is now well past the 70-year limit on photographic copyright in Britain. (Which I suppose goes for printed drawings as well.) However, I am convinced that this was not the first time the drawing was published. In all likelihood, it was in some news-magazine, as for example The Illustrated London News, about the time the ship was launched.

The drawing was also published as a picture puzzle and as a postcard around 1936, I just found that out after searching for its origin. Try Googling "Queen Mary in Trafalgar Square."
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