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Aquitania departs Southampton soon after the end of World War 2.

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Aquitania entered her homeport of Southampton on 3 September, 1945, for the first time since September, 1939. Two days after her return to the Port, she picked up the remainder of the 3rd US Army Infantry Division, some 8,273 in all, and left for New York. This picture was taken during that departure. Notice that the windows of the ships original, lower bridge have had their porthole coverings removed for the first time since 1920. Onlookers watch and photograph her departure, while behind them lies rubble from one of the many German bombing raids suffered by the Port. The ships armament has all been removed except for the two six inch guns mounted on her stern. They would be gone by the end of September, and the stern rail around the ships fantail, also removed in 1939, would finally be put back in place.

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Thanks Clyde for such a fascinating explanation of this photo.
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Were a lot of portholes, especially on the lower two rows of the bow, covered over or sealed during war service? Compare this photo to the one where she's being chipped for paint alongside the sub. Seems a lot aren't visible here. Is it that they were painted for black-out purposes and perhaps the ones more visible here are open?
 

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Hi Jaguar, The portholes were covered over. The ship had the same longitudinal bulkheads as were installed on Lusitania, and Mauretania. The Admiralty, after learning from the Lusitania sinking, knew the ship would list, and submerge the lower rows of portholes, if she ever took a hit below the waterline. So they sealed the portholes up on the two lower decks. In this view of the ship in drydock, you can see the covers used to seal the portholes. Link: http://www.shipsnostalgia.com/gallery/showphoto.php/photo/333606/title/aquitania/cat/all

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Great pic. My grandfather was a regular soldier in WW1. He served as a GHS on this magnificent ship in WW2.
 

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