I could not name a single passenger ship around today that could boast a dining room as elegant as this. Queen's Grill on the QM2 does not even come close! And I would guess that the cost of designing and fitting out this room cost a lot less than what is done on today's ships. The designers today just don't 'get it'.
I agree. I didn't even need to post a description when I uploaded it. The whole ship is like this. Now Im curious if this is not also a Pulitzer Finale job. I have a shipbuilder article on her I can look up.
Right Clive, it was the RIO-Class I was thinking of. I looked up the "Shipbuilder" article and the entrire decorative contract was "under the supervision" of McInnes Gardner & Partners, Glasgow, with "the complete decorative contract" being carried out by Waring & Gillow, Ltd., London.. I can't think of that any jobs McIness Gardner executed I wasn't totally in love with. As I get older, I'm discovering if there is a British liner I love it probably came from Vickers! here is the description of the Dining Saloon from "Shipbuilder":
"The Dining Saloon, which extends the full length of c deck (that should be "width of c deck" accommodates 86 diners at tabels for two, four and six diners. The armchairs are of sycamore, and are well-upholstered in a bright green waterproof hide, which provides the keynote of the colour scheme. The walls are panelled in a richly-figured Prima Vera, contrasting with Nigerian cherry and cherry burr, with bandings of palisander. The side lights are concealed behind inner screens, with tinted glass panels. The main feature at the fore end is a large decorative brilliant-cut two-part mirror, with a central burr-veneered panel carrying a clock. At the after end, a glazed screen separates the saloon from the adjoining foyer, the entrance doors being surmounted by a rich carved feature in lime-tree. The service from the domestic departments is via a vestibule, the "in" and "out" doors being actuated by photo-ray cells. At the fore end of the saloon, at the sides, divisional bulkheads separate the private dining room and the children's sining room from the main apartment."
Beautiful ship part of a class of three vessels. ( The other two were "Eva Peron" and "17 de Octubre".
After the so called Freedom Revolution which put an end to the peronist government, her names were changed to "Argentina", "Uruguay" and "Libertad" . In her final days, "Argentina" turned to be the training ship of the Merchant Marine School. "Libertad" was the last to be withhdrawn from service in the 70s and finished her career as a cruise ship in the Buenos aires - Antarctica route. Personally, I am delightful to see this picture, since I was able to know the saloon of the "Libertad" when my father who had been her 4th Mate in his youth took me to a visit when I was a 10 years old boy.