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Koning Albert

Koning Albert

The 1947 built Dover - Ostend ferry was one of several fine motor ships on the service. They always had great panache as they dashed across between the two ports at speed.

The photo is from a postcard I purchased on board during one such voyage.

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Beautiful ships...magnificently designed, as 'things of beauty' (rather than as floating removal-vans). And what a lum! My goodness! I think I'd have made it a little bit smaller if I had been Chief NA. Looks like an industrial cooling-tower or power-station chimney! Pity the Belgians didn't speak to the French about that. The French knew how to make shapely funnels. Many thanks. Donald.
 

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Lovely thoughtful comments there Donald. I have to admit I loved this low slung design that really came into its own when BR adopted the vulgar double track and arrows livery on their funnels and hideous blue hulls. The Ostend greyhounds carried on as normal and appeared more majestic than ever.

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A real classic, when I was Ships Messenger Boy working for the Railways in the mid 1960's at the old Shipping Office on Dover Marine Station I used to have to board her and collect and return the manifests for sailing, there was always a Delicious aroma of coffee and Gateau lingering around these vessels. Powerful ships indeed and that low slung profile really made them stand out, and to see her and the other Ostenders charging stern first up too No 1 or 3 berth on the Admiralty Pier was a sight to behold back then.Happy days indeed.

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Yuge
 

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A joy to see this pic again. I agree with the comments made about these beautiful ships. I just wish I could have seen them for myself. Donald.
 

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