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Greek cruise ship Arkadia at Tenerife on 10th May 1964. Built 1931 at Newcastle, shipyards of Messrs. Vickers-Armstrongs Ltd. Ex New Australia 58, Monarch of Bermuda 49.
· Date: Tue, 25 June 19 · Views: 247
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Keywords: trenor
Source of Image, If not your own: Juan A. Padron
Location photo was taken: Tenerife, Canary Islands
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eddyw
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Tue, 25 June 19 11:31

Originally Furness' 3 funnelled "Monarch of Bermuda" (1932) severely damaged by fire during post WW2 refit, 1947.
http://www.tynebuiltships.co.uk/M-Sh...muda2-1931.jpg
Utility rebuild as emigrant ship for MoT - "New Australia". Bipod forward mast also boiler uptake. Greek Line "Arkadia" from 1958, mostly on Bremerhaven, Amsterdam, London, Le Havre, Cobh, Quebec, Montreal service. Scrapped 1966.
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ssflandre
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Thu, 27 June 19 04:20

From a swan to an ugly ducking...
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CliveH
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Thu, 27 June 19 05:46

.. but that ugly duckling proved to have a most successful life as emigrant liner, occasional troop ship and then rebuilt as a trans-Atlantic liner and ultimately as a cruise ship.
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ssflandre
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Fri, 28 June 19 06:03

All true, Clive. Still, I can't help but wonder why - when being rebuilt as NEW AUSTRALIA - the former MONARCH OF BERMUDA wasn't just fitted with a forward funnel rather than that awkward-looking, 'smoking mast'.
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CliveH
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Fri, 28 June 19 07:35

Nothing that I have ever found written about her really explains that. It was the fashion of the times for bipod or tripod masts but nothing as cumbersome-looking as this one. It was certainly distinctive. I think that with less built up superstructure two conventionally-shaped and conventionally-painted funnels would have dominated - not that the bipod mast/funnel arrangement doesn't look rather heavy. I knew people that cruised aboard her in the early 1960s but I never quizzed them about her - sadly. I have always had a soft spot for this ship. I never saw her but wish that I had. Better still would have been to sail on her. Had it not been for currency restrictions placed upon British tourists in 1965/6 she would have sailed on for a few more years.
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ssflandre
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Fri, 28 June 19 09:52

When I was just a kid, the teenage girl next-door sailed to Europe on the ARKADIA, as part of a school-sponsored summer abroad. My fascination with ocean liners was just budding and I was thrilled to receive a ship's portrait postcard she had written while at sea.

You may be right about two conventional funnels dominating a "less built up superstructure". That was always my complaint with the PRESIDENT ROOSEVELT's looks. A ship, I might add Clive, you've always admired! ;-)
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