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Pre WWII postcard of Royal Mail Line "Highland" ships by Kenneth Shoesmith.

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I remember when one of them tied up behind us at B.A. in 1959. Watching a certain section of the catering crowd going ashore was a real eye opener for a naive sixteen year old!
 

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Very distinctive with those squat funnels, talking of which we use to run past the remains of a Highland boat on the way into the Plate but have no idea how it came to be there.
 

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The shipwreck on the way into River Plate is possibly HIGHLAND HOPE wrecked November 1930.
She was one of the six sisterships built by Harland & Wolff, Belfast between 1928-32. - She was replaced by HIGHLAND PATRIOT ordered after this loss. - HIGHLAND PATRIOT herself was torpedoed by U-38 on 1st Oct 1940 while en-route Buenos Aries to River Clyde. Built for Nelson Line the remaining five were transferred to newly formed Royal Mail Line in 1932
 

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my first trip to sea was aboard the Highland Chieftain bound for south america.via Vigo Lisbon, Rio de janerio. Motevideo and Buanus Aires. although it was 63 years ago I remember all those places and the exitment of my first time away from home.
Aaaah happy days. OR Not, really hard work.
 

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