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Old 25th July 2019, 20:19
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Originally Posted by Fairfield View Post
None of these shots are mine-two from a friend who was her Master at one time and one from the mass of old press cuttings in my loft!
The first shows her under construction,then her launch-not the best quality I/m afraid and lastly a weather deck view off the South African coast in her first year of operation.
I think she still holds the record for the largest number of people to attend a launch on Tyneside.
That takes me back. I was standing by the Atlantic Conveyor & Atlantic Causeway at the same time, living in digs in Whitley Bay. Travelling to Walker Navy Yard each morning the train passed near to the Esso Northumbria which loomed over the nearby houses. That would have been in the Autumn of 1969. It seems a long time ago.

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