Ships Nostalgia banner

troopships

  1. Aquitania

    Aquitania

    Aquitania’s appearances in New York were few and far between following the end of World War 2, in 1945. Ship enthusiast and photographer, John Blake seems to have made it a point to get a picture of the liner whenever possible. He took this color view during the liners last departure from the city
  2. Aquitania

    Aquitania

    This is another shot of Aquitania taken from the air over the Woolloomooloo Docks in December, 1945. This time the ships are seen from the front. The aircraft carrier HMS Implacable is seen on the left, Aquitania is in the center, and a large battleship can be seen on the far right in the backgrou
  3. Aquitania

    Aquitania

    SN member alan.gamblin noted in this photograph: https://www.shipsnostalgia.com/gallery/showphoto.php/photo/1194661/title/aquitania/cat/all that he saw the distinctive coning tower of an Illustrious aircraft carrier in the next berth over from Aquitania. The above picture is an aerial view of th
  4. Aquitania

    Aquitania

    Aquitania sits at anchor at Cape town, Africa in April, 1940. The ship is taking fuel oil back onboard, after she’d had it removed the day before, so the ship could be lightened to back herself off of a mud bank she gotten stuck on 2 days before. The incident delayed her departure from Cape town b
  5. HMT Carmania

    HMT Carmania

    Rare view of HMT Carmania, photographed at Halifax, Nova Scotia in her dazzle paint, during her trooping duties in the winter of 1917. After defeating the German liner Cap Trafalgar off Trinidad as an AMC in 1914, the ship underwent a period of repair at Gibraltar before returning to patrol duties
  6. Aquitania

    Aquitania

    Aquitania approaches New York Harbor on 17 July, 1945 with her second load of returning US troops following V-E Day in this view originally taken by UPI. Her first load was delivered to the city in late May, 1945, and it was the first large contingent of American servicemen to arrive home, but ther
  7. Aquitania

    Aquitania

    On 16 May, 1940 a group of large passenger ships that was referred to as the Million Dollar Convoy, arrived in the Clyde Estuary and anchored at Gourock with thousands of Anzac troops onboard. They had been intended to shore up the BEF over in France, but they were too late to be of assistance. In
  8. Aquitania

    Aquitania

    Aquitania is seen entering the King George V dry dock at Southampton in July, 1946. The ship was going in for a routine inspection which had become mandatory, as she was carrying war brides and their children to Canada at the time.
  9. Aquitania

    Aquitania

    Aquitania is shown docked at Woolloomooloo in Sydney in December, 1945. The ship had just returned Australian troops to their homeland, and she will sail on the 10th of that month with a load of returning British troops as well as more than 1000 civilians who had been unable to leave Sydney followi
  10. HMT Aquitania

    HMT Aquitania

    This is a shot of the Aquitania at Mudros Harbor while she was in service as a military troopship during the early days of the Gallipoli Campaign, in the summer of 1915. Its quality leaves a lot to be desired, but I wanted to post it because shots of the ship during this period are very rare. It w
  11. Atlantic Convoy

    Atlantic Convoy

    Aquitania's name was never used in the article about Atlantic Convoys covered in the 27 July, 1942 issue of Life Magazine. Most of the pictures in the article were taken from the US Battleship New York, which was sailing with the group as an escort. The voyage discussed in the article actually too
  12. Olympic

    Olympic

    Olympic is seen leaving Halifax NS in the fall of 1917 with a full load of Canadian troops bound for the front. The Canadian press made it a point to state whenever the “Old Reliable” was in port.
  13. Aquitania

    Aquitania

    This picture of Aquitania was taken on 23 August, 1943. It shows the ship at anchor while inbound to New York to collect another load of servicemen bound for Scotland. The Second World War brought this ship the greatest tests she would ever face. I doubt her designers and builders could have gues
  14. Aquitania

    Aquitania

    Aquitania is shown at anchor in Table Bay at Capetown, Africa in April, 1940. The color of the ships superstructure appears to be a lighter color than the gray that had been applied back in September, 1939. It may very well be a buff color that was apparently common to use on troopships of the tim
  15. USS West Point

    USS West Point

    The American transport West Point is seen nearing the port of New York on 11 July, 1945. The ship and her nearly 7000 troops are watched overhead by a US Navy blimp. July was a busy month for the big Allied transports, because the men being returned were expecting to be taken across the US by trai
  16. Aquitania

    Aquitania

    Thousands of New Zealanders turned out to see the fully loaded troopship Aquitania, sail out of the port of Wellington on 15 September, 1941. The old four-stacker had been painted over in full troopship gray while docked in this port the month before. This hard-working liner holds the distinction
  17. HMT Queen Elizabeth

    HMT Queen Elizabeth

    Queen Elizabeth is seen arriving in the Port of Singapore on 17 October, 1941, for a regular overhaul. This would be her last call to the "Gibraltar of the East", before the fall of the city on 15 February, 1942.
  18. Pasteur & Aquitania

    Pasteur & Aquitania

    The troopships Pasteur and Aquitania are seen docked together at Halifax in June, 1945. This was the first visit to the Canadian Port for both ships following V-E Day, which explains why both vessels are dressed.
  19. Queen Elizabeth

    Queen Elizabeth

    The Queen Elizabeth is shown at her New York pier, shortly after having been moved beside the Normandie. This picture shows some good detail of the ship, especially her bridge front which has two different awnings set up both above and below. It appears the lower one has been painted gray to match
  20. Aquitania

    Aquitania

    This picture comes from a very tiny photo taken on 20 September, 1939. I think it had to have been taken by a crew member, as civilians were not able to get this close to these ships after the start of the war. The New York City Police Department maintained a round the clock mounted guard in front
Top