On 18 November 1968, I left my studies at Glasgow University for one day, and proceeded to Clydebank, in the earnest hope that I would be able to see the 'Queen Elizabeth 2' before she sailed out of John Brown's yard. I got off the train at Clydebank station, went down the street, and into the yard
Some recent pictures posted of the Queen Mary during her construction reminded me of this photo in my collection, and I thought it would make a good addition to those other images. The view from the air shows the ship during her fitting out at John Brown's Shipyard. Notice that only two of her fun
Today marks the 100th anniversary of the launch of the Aquitania at Clydebank, and I thought it fitting to post some additional views from that event. Here, in a stern view, the liner is seen on the stocks at John Browns yard a few days before the Countess of Derby christened the ship.
This picture is one of three images taken by an unknown photographer who then made them into postcards, which he sold privately. They have all become quite rare to see today. One of the remaining two has been posted earlier: http://www.shipsnostalgia.com/gallery/showphoto.php/photo/336290/title/
The last great Cunard Liner to be built on Clyde is shown being launched on 20 September, 1967. Thanks to excellent maintenance, and a conversion to diesel propulsion in mid-life, the QE2 would enjoy the longest service record of any vessel, while operating under the Cunard House Flag.
The hull of the Aquitania is seen having cleared the launch slip, and is completely waterborne. Tugs, staged off to the right will take control of the newly launched hull, and move it to John Browns fitting-out basin.
This is another Bedford Lemer image taken in early April, 1913. This view shows the ships hull from the stern, as well as the jungle of scaffolding built to provide access for painters of the new vessel. The signature long exposure system, used by the Lemer photographers, is emphasized in this pi
A fine bow view of the Aquitanias hull on the stocks, close to the date of her launch in April, 1913. This picture, taken by the Bedford Lemer company, shows the final touches of paintwork being applied to some very high points on the hull. Health and safety, as a job, obviously didnt exist at t
'Aquitania' under construction at John Brown & Co Ltd, Clydebank in 1913, where the majority of the Cunard ships were built. Her keel was laid in the same plot that had famously served building Lusitania and that would later be used for building Queen Mary.
This view is from a position north of