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Britannic in New York

Close-up of the last White Star liner as seen from a docking Queen Mary.

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When I saw this photo, I immediately thought of the following painting by SN's own Beaches:

http://www.shipsnostalgia.com/gallery/showphoto.php/photo/387005/cpage/2/title/further-new-york-times-/cat/all

The Queen Mary is being bent around the corner of the pier by the Moran tugs to slide into her berth, a maneuver we used to commonly practice on the San Francisco waterfront. I wonder if Edgar used this photo as his study for the painting, as he notes in the description that he used several photos from the period as his guide? If so, he used his artist license to insert the Aquitania in the background and the older Moran tugs in the foreground. The ship in the foreground of the painting is most certainly the Queen Mary, as she seems identical to the vessel in the photo. It makes me happy to know this, as Edgar's painting now graces my sunroom wall.
 

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With the GRACE MORAN in view as the middle tug, this would be dated no later than 1954, as the GRACE was sold to Dutch interests that year and renamed CALTEX BINTANG. The lead tug of five sisters built in Texas in 1949, they were Moran's first new builds after the war. Her sister DORIS MORAN was sold to Venezuelan interests in 1957 and renamed PIAR. It's unknown if they are still in service. The BARBARA MORAN became the LAMBERT POINT and later the GEORGIA MORAN. She and her sister CAROL MORAN were reefed off the New Jersey coast and the MOIRA MORAN was scrapped in Port Newark, NJ.

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Can anyone enlighten me as to the reasoning behind Cunard's decision to never paint BRITANNIC in their own colors? One would certainly have expected them to, especially after Cunard-White Star was dissolved in 1949.
 

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The funnels were not tall enough to paint on the two or three black rings!

I think is more likely that the name BRITANNIC was a White Star Line and they made sense to keep that of 'nostalgia' rather than rebranding with a Cunard name. Don't forget that they kept up the Cunard/White Star houseflags were kept right up to 1968.

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Yes, Cunard maintained the two house flags until NOMADIC was retired - with the Cunard flag always on top! Personally, I don't think Cunard was the slightest bit nostalgic about the White Star Line until James Cameron's 'Titanic' was such a global smash hit, when the bean counters decided big money could be made off the public's morbid fascination with April 14/15, 1912. Passenger would certainly never have encountered 'White Star Service' onboard any Cunarder prior to that movie!
 

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