Beautifully framed photo of one of this handsome class of Shaw Savill vessel! However, as a Port Line man, I think I'm going to stick my oar in and say I think she's "Iberic"!! Does this photo show the starboard anchor to be unrecessed into the hull? If so, with one lifeboat, then she's "Iberic" because "Icenic" had a recessed anchor with one lifeboat per side. The other two in the class ("Ionic" and "Illyric" had two lifeboats per side.
Mike, the anchor factor is the main thing, if we can see it in this pic, but Iberic's midships section below the bridge is more streamlined(e.g. like Ionic) than on this ship--sorry I can't describe it better. Without being able to see the anchor more clearly, I'm still pushing for Icenic. Cheers, Brent
Mike, i agree with Brent the anchor on 'ICENIC' being recessed is not the only difference, as Brent says the hull streamlining below the bridge is another unique feature, that separates her from her sisters.
I'am something of a trainspotter when it comes to Shaw Savills 'I' class (my dad was in ILLYRIC), and i have several photos of each. 'IONIC' and 'ILLYRIC' i cannot tell apart except for the name. But 'IBERIC' differs from those with her lifeboats two instead of four, and 'ICENIC' also two lifeboats but the aforementioned anchor recess and hull steamlining are two more, plus at least one other that cannot been seen from this angle. so i'am 100% certain this is 'ICENIC'.
Agree with Mark that this is " Icenic ".
" Icenic " http://www.shipsnostalgia.com/gallery/showphoto.php?photo=8312
" Iberic " http://www.shipsnostalgia.com/gallery/showphoto.php?photo=37958
- on the side of the forward part of the superstructure there are 3 upright bars - for support - on " Icenic ". On the other ship, " Iberic " there are 4 of these supporting bars.
I think they could confirm that the ship is " Icenic ".
I concede chaps, "Icenic" it is!! Fair enough, I was only going by what I thought was the anchor in the vicinity of the white line around the hull - what looked like the anchor to me, on closer inspection now seems to be shadow in the structure of the wharf crane. She obviously has her starboard anchor still housed in its recess. I now see the different plating arrangements at the forward end of what I assume to be the saloon deck (same deck as No.4 hatch) - for want of a better way of expressing it, "Icenic" has two "openings" above the bulwark, "Iberic" has three.