Another fabulous photo of Illyric, my dad sailed in her late '61 early '62 and you have posted two great shots of her in only a few weeks. This ship is the first ship i had an interest in through my dad obviously, and kick started my life long love of ships.
Along with all the other stunning photographs you have posted, i'd like to say a big thank you, for which (if their not already) must be close to professional pictures.
Really nice pic of one of SSA's four "I" class. Ionic and Illyric had four lifeboats. Iberic and Icenic two. Built 1960 By Vickers Newcastle. 1978 renamed Carmila(Cyprus). Scrapped 1979 in Taiwan. I spent a happy 6 months on Icenic in 1972. Captain Ray Marshall. Icenic had a grey hull whilst I served on board. See photos of her in My Gallery.
I will have a search of some old records and see if I can get a more accurate date.
I think I was on Illyric when she was painted grey in London, they did the job in wet weather and after bad weather in the Atlantic we arrived in Curacao with sheets of paint missing from the hull and some of it stuck on the superstructure, a real mess.
I also sailed in Icenic (black hull) and stood by Iberic when she was renamed Deseado ,at that stage grey but not the horrible final result seen here in some later photographs.