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Where? = Belfast

Picture published late 40ies. A ship being launched somewhere. My guess England, I think the housing and the tug looks English. The ship could be named something like "Liberia", but the penultimate letter does not seem to be an I.

Foggy picture, perhaps far below the general site-standard

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Launch is actually from the Abercorn Yard, Belfast. Ship is the 'Lingula' launched 11 October 1946.
 

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You sound certain Tomjscott, and with both yardname and shipname, and then day and year, one really cannot muster any doubt about your answer's correctness. Impressive! I'll rearrange the title to suit a mystery solved. Regards, Stein.
 

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Good evening Stein. Tomjscott is correct and your guess is incorrect! This is indeed a photo of a launch from Harland and Wolff Belfast, Abercorn yard.
"Lingula" O.N. 181594, 6445grt., launched 11.10.46, Yard no. 1600, broken up InverKeithing (Scotland) 7/61. The steel plates may have come from England, but more likely Scotland.
Across the river the passenger steamer would be one of Burns & Lairds, "Royal Scotsman" or Royal Ulsterman" . We called them the "Glasgow Boat, for they sailed there every night.
Astern of her is a "paddeler" -I Forget the name- she would be a tender to the transAtlantic ships from Liverpool, then the entrance too the Clarendon dock, then a B.R. mailboat, the "Duke of Argyll " or "Duke of Rothsay", they sailed to Heysham.
More interesting to me is the coaster, probably loading dry goods for across the water. These are all berthed at the Donegal Quay, which is derft of trade now.
And the quay over the tankers quarter is Queens Quay, this is where the Kellyboats discharged the house coal, usually 7 or 8 lined this quay, and further up out of the picture Craigs had a berth. Going to the left is the south wall of the Abercorn Basin, more coal berths here and also on the east wall.
The tug would be one of Wm. Coopers, and the boatman probably a Ferran or O'Prey.
A very nostalgic photo Stein, you couldn't get into the Abercorn basin if you were deep loaded. Thanks Ken.
So theres very little English connection about it (the yard men may differ though) And N.Ireland beat England 1 - 0, Are you listening Maggie Thatcher???
 

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for pics of the completed vessel and details of the 1951 explosion:

http://www.merchantnavyofficers.com/anupdateB2.html
 

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Great discription of the scene Anderskane and liked the football score too
Cheers
Ted
 

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Hi Anderskane. Yes I understand you well,- wanting a border established! We Norwegians are mighty sick of being asked where in Sweden Norway lies, and I know that the Canadian part of my family adds "not American", when giving their nationality in Europe.
I was indeed guilty - with a lazy mind - of massing the British Isles in my "England" here, and will try not to repeat it. (I do, and did, and have for a long time know where Ireland lies though, and Belfast too.) Thanks for the added information on what's seen in the picture.

Admiring the excellent description of the picture we got above, I cannot deny myself an Irish joke I've read in one of Basil Lubbock's books though: It was this skipper, who couldn't get anyone to sign on as crew. So he put up a big sign on the wharf: "Crew wanted, Irishmen need not apply", and could sail with full crew of first-class Irish seamen the day after. (Hope I haven't gone overboard with that one. You may tell one on Norwegians if you want. We have got somewhat the same reputation as the Irish. Aquired perhaps by both by having a long history of poverty and occupation). Regards, Stein.
 

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We are known as stingy? Yes I'll believe that. Tipping is as little part of Norwegian culture as is service-minded waiters. We just don't bow to anybody,- waiters or restaurant customers! (And we feel really uncomfortable with anything not strictly regulated!).
Can't reply with a Dutchman joke, dont know any. Regards, Stein
 

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