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R.M.L. Magdalena

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Royal Mail Lines, Magdalena. Built by Harland & Wolff as a replacement for war loss, Highland Patriot. Left on her maiden voyage on 9 March 1949, but she never came back. Ran aground on Tijucas Reef, between Cagarras and Palmas Islands. Refloated but she broke in two and sank.

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Harland and Wolff Belfast yard number 1354 Launched 11th May 1948 delivered 18th February 1949 17547 gross tons. Built for Royal Mail Lines South american service. At time of grounding she had 350 passengers and 100 crew aboard, all were saved.
 

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Absolutely amazing.Apart from the pic I posted of her and a trials shot have never seen many pics of her.There is also a shot in existence of her after section following the tragic grounding, sadly forgotten in the annals of ship disasters.
 

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You can see the parentage of the `A` class with this vessel, very similar profile although different colour scheme.
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When I was an apprentice with the Furness group in the sixties and sailed on a couple of Royal Mail boats the Magdelena was still talked about. I even sailed with one elderlly engineer who had been on that fatefull voyage, the only one she ever made.
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I also meant to add that this is the first pic I've ever seen of her, so thanks very much to our poster, and it is a very good pic too.
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I feel that this pic may have been taken at Belfast. On the extreme right the stern of an Aircraft Carrier is visible. More details please, leggoaft.

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Albatros are going to release a model of this ship soon in 1/1250 scale (or 1/1200 can't remember). I've just started collecting such models and the detail on them is superb!
 

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