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Another close-up view of Aquitania’s bridge and foredeck taken in March, 1946, as the ship brings her first load of War Brides into Halifax.

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Hi Stephen, Years ago, before much had been written about the ships' later life, I'd always wondered why Aquitania began carrying her after set of cargo derricks/booms up against the forward end of the superstructure. After doing some research, I learned that Aquitania had had much of her cargo space refridgerated during the war, so she could transport meat to England, which was undergoing heavy rationing, and continued to do so long after the war ended. I believe the derricks/booms were carried this way simply for the sake of expediency. In the next picture of the ship, you can see that they even kept all of the stays and cargo runners attached to the booms while stowed in this manner, and they let the lines hang down onto the deck. That's very unusal, because it's so destructive to wire ropes. It leaves them exposed to the elemants, as well as any seawater the liner shipped over the bow during crossings. In addition to the meat shipped by the Admiralty, Cunard also shipped rare delicacies from Canada on Aquitania, including foods like caviar and escargot, this was done so the company could provide the two Queens with the best food on the Express Service.

Clyde (cunard61)
 

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