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DLongly



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Aznar Line

The attractive Card Room (Note painting showing the ship's route)
· Date: Mon, 27 May 19 · Views: 130
· Filesize: 30.9kb, 68.6kb · Dimensions: 1024 x 686 ·
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Keywords: Monte Toledo
Location photo was taken: On board
Date photo was taken: September 1974
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canberra97

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Tue, 28 May 19 10:48

Excellent set of photos Derek.

These are the sort of photos I have been looking forward to as they are of great value to me. I only have the Aznar Line brochures but your impressive internal photos of the Monte Toledo give a completely different view and yet again I am really appreciative of you posting them.

We have to thank people like yourself who always had a camera in hand and taking such great photos, your collection on SN is without doubt outstanding.

If only I took more photos although I do have several that I really need to scan on SN!

Sean
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DLongly

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Tue, 28 May 19 17:29

Thanks very much Sean for your very kind comments. I studied architecture and interior design at school hence my interest in the internal decor of ships as well as just generally having a great love for the sea and sea travel. This goes back to my first cross-channel voyage in 1952 aboard the 1928 built SS Worthing to Dieppe. She was a wonderful vessel full of teak, chintz, the smell of cigars and that special something only to be experienced on a turbine driven ship. Derek

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canberra97

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Wed, 29 May 19 10:26

Hi Derek

Your photos of the Monte Toledo are superb and her interiors look really modern and comfortable for a large passenger cruise ferry from 1974.

I have fond memories of the Aznar Line twins at Southampton but I never had the opportunity to go onboard either of them.

My love of the sea and shipping and travel comes from my late grandfather who joined White Star Line in 1924 onboard the Homeric as a Bell Boy and who retired in 1975 as Restaurant Manager onboard the Queen Elizabeth 2 after 51 years of service.

My father was at sea for 12 years with several shipping companies such as Cunard, Orient Line, Royal Mail Line, Union Castle Line. He then went on to work in the Port of Southampton for 42 years untill his retirement in 2003.

My earliest memories of sea travel as a young lad was the regular day trips and non landing ''cruises'' we used to take to the Isle of Wight on the Red Funnel Steamers Carisbrooke Castle, Cowes Castle, Norris Castle and Osbourne Castle. Later on in 1977 I went on the first of many cross channel sailings on Townsend Thoresen when my father took me on the Viking Venturer from Southampton to Le Havre.

When I was at college from 1980 to 1983 Townsend Thoresen had a 4.50 non landing cruise from Southampton to Cherbourg which was then changed to a 6.50 day trip in 1982 allowing for two hours ashore. Both of these offers we're extremely popular as they included 200 Cigarettes and a Bottle of Whiskey in the price of the day trip. I didn't smoke or drink so the item's were sold on which allowed me to take this trip every week over three years often alone and sometimes with my late grandmother and always on a Wednesday. (Happy teenage memories).

As a young lad my father took me onboard most of the vessels visiting the Port of Southampton during the seventies and early eighties untill I too followed in both of my grandfather and fathers footsteps and joined Cunard aboard the Queen Elizabeth 2 shortly after my 18th birthday.

Regards

Sean
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DLongly

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Wed, 29 May 19 12:11

Hello again Sean - Thanks for your most interesting notes regarding your own and your family sea experiences and I hope you do get around to scanning your own photos to put on SN.

Although the trip on the Worthing at age 13 was my longest at that time, I too spent many a happy crossings on the Isle of Wight ferries both out of Southampton and Portsmouth starting from just after WWII as I had relatives who lived in both ports and when visiting them with my parents the Isle of Wight was always on the 'to do' list. My grandfather was also instrumental in my love of ships as he was an engineer aboard the Dieppe ferries for all his working life, including during WWI (some items from that are on site).

My uncle who lived in Southampton took me aboard the Queen Mary and introduced me to the docks, from which I discovered how to visit the liners such as Alcantara and Carnarvon Castle initially then a whole succession of others. I would spend many hours in the docks during my holidays taking photos of the various visiting ships.

Other early sea trips were on the little boats out of Eastbourne to the Beachy Head lighthouse and back, and many other cross-Channel voyages from Newhaven, Dover, Southampton, Weymouth and Heysham. Then later on aboard the likes of Dana Regina, Tor Scandinavia etc.

My first liner trips were on the 1913 built Ionia and 1930 built Lydia of Hellenic Mediterranean Lines, then on the passenger/cargo ships Auby of Sarawak SS Lines and Kunak of Straits SS Lines in the Far East, all in the 1960's. My first cruise was aboard Himalaya in 1973.

Of the ships I have sailed aboard since then my all time favourite was Stefan Batory and it came as a great sadness when she was withdrawn as I had been on many of her sailings. Vistafjord came a close second and I also very much enjoyed my three crossings on QE2.

I count myself very lucky to have had all these opportunities which have left me with a mass of happy memories.

Thanks once more,

All the best,

Derek

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