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Chris Isaac



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This shot was taken one fine afternoon in the English Channel just after the end of the 1966 Seamen's Strike. Having all the mail boats together the opportunity seemed to good fort the Union Castle press department to miss. The fleet (from near to far: Windsor, Pendennis, Edinburgh, SA Vaal, SA Oranje) was assembled in the Channel about a mile apart in line abreast and then full ahead was ordered with each vessel on a slighly converging course. The camera team in the helicopter were asked (very politely) to let us know via VHF when they "had the shot" and we could then do the needful. On receiving the signal Windsor went hard a starboard, Pendennis went full astern, Edinburgh just kept on going, SA Vaal went full astern and SA Oranje went hard a port. All this took place on the PM 12 - 4...... needless to say the Masters all remained in their cabins with the doors locked.
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John_F
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Mon, 11 December 06 06:37

Glad I wasn't 2/0 on Pendennis, Edinburgh or SA Vaal....brown trousers would have been about right.
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Mon, 11 December 06 06:52

It was extremely good of all the other passing ships to keep clear and not spoil the shot, with maybe the odd ore-carrier steaming gracefully across the horizon....

As for the seemingly unwise move of hard a starboard, a manouvre that would possibly bring the port quarter of Windsor Castle unnecessarily close to the track of Pendennis Castle, I am certainly glad not to have been involved.

Thank goodness we now have Digital Photography, so much better for making fakes.
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Frank P

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Mon, 11 December 06 08:22

Nice picture Chris. Even though it was a difficult and tricky manouvre, in 1966 you would have the space to do it, i.e. smaller ships to contend with and less of them.

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Mon, 11 December 06 11:06

I have a full size photograph of the five ships which came out of the Union Castle Line offices in Johannesburg when they closed down.I have a family connection to Union Castle from 1900 to 1977,many thanks for the interesting footnote,
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Mon, 11 December 06 13:15

This is indeed a very rare shot, to the point of almost saying it was fake!
Can we have a bigger version from UCman?
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reklaw

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Mon, 11 December 06 13:35

There used to be a copy of the poster on board the present RMS St Helena, along with a number of enlarged UC postcards and other UC memorabilia, I even bought a Windsor Castle postcard on board the RMS which was odd considering I could not get a postcard of the previous RMS off them. I am also lucky enough to have a smaller version of the pic above.
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Dave Townson
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Mon, 11 December 06 19:47

Go on, pull the other one!

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John Briggs

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Mon, 11 December 06 19:54

Don't know about this one. They look far too close to be going full ahead and on converging courses. As far as going hard over or full astern - come on now!!! It will be interesting to see if this is an actual photo or not.

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Tue, 12 December 06 03:21

Of course its a fake !!!
I cannot believe any of you thought otherwise !
In its day it was hailed in the advertising idustry as one of the cleverest bits of superimposition of photos ever seen.
But thanks for making me smile

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John Briggs

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Tue, 12 December 06 04:49

Chris,

You underestimate your fellow members. When someone posts a photo that looks a bit suss we don't all rush in and say bullsh*t! We are rather more gentle and just nudge around the edges to avoid any possible embarrassment to the member concerned. The truth eventually comes out. Some very clever people on this site.

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Tue, 12 December 06 04:54

Nice words John, well done.
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Tue, 12 December 06 06:32

Cheeky- one of B&C/s best advertising stunts yet. Remember a big cut out against the sea background in travel agents' windows and in Bond St before closure.
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Wed, 31 January 07 19:51

That pic gave me a smile. I did 4 trips on the Windsor and I suppose you could call it half a trip on the Pendennis because I got off her in Cape Town as a passenger to live in S.Africa and 6 trips on the Vaal. Odd how Windsor the flagship of the fleet seems to be the smallest one haha!
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Sun, 4 February 07 13:32

I see that I have been requested to try and post a larger picture the picture I have is 50 x 60 cm and that may be difficult,However I am sorry to destroy peoples illusion,the five ships are super imposed.

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Bob Preston
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Fri, 16 February 07 11:37

I sailed the Windsor out after the strike as 3rd Eng. and I can't remember anything like that happening. If it did I must have been on watch and no one told me, or in my pit.

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