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  1. Norwegian ship, WW2

    Norwegian ship, WW2

    Autumn 41, voyage USA - England
  2. Ship Research
    Trying to find details on a gen cargo vessel noted clearly as Durward that was running, mainly it seems, between Lerwick and Leith during WW2 with Port records locally (Lerwick) showing Nrt 164 and a regular Captain McKenzie. Any help greatly appreciated. Thanks John
  3. USS Ward

    USS Ward

    The American destroyer USS Ward (DD-139) of 1918, led a very eventful life that would end in some unique irony. Artist Tom Freeman’s fine painting seen here, shows the Ward in action on 7 December, 1941, as she fires the first American shots of the Second World War. The ship was built at a record p
  4. Statendam


    Misfortune would follow the Statendam, and although she was a very popular ship while in commercial service (she was known as the Queen of the Spotless Fleet), but with the onset of the war, fate would bring her rather short service life to terrible and swift end. She had made a number of evacuatio
  5. Maritime Family History Research
    Hello and a very happy new year to you all. This may be a bit of a long shot but does anyone on here have any photographs of HMS Pakenham or her crew? I have her history but there just don't seem to be any photos anywhere. I have written to the Imperial War Museum and to the Royal Navy at...
  6. Royal Maritime Auxiliary Service
    As I understand it, SS Marie Moller was a British-built salvage tug registered and owned in Shanghai by the beginning of WW2. As a family member was in the RNR as Marie Moller's engineer, I am assuming that the British Navy must have leased or contracted appropriate local vessels to be support...
  7. 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
  8. QE and Normandie

    QE and Normandie

    Queen Elizabeth and Normandie are seen docked side-by-side in New York at piers 91, and 88 respectively. Based on an earlier color view, the Normandie already appears to have her white superstructure painted grey, so I would assume the work would have taken place after the fall of France on 10 May,
  9. Ile De France

    Ile De France

    Ile De France, loaded with all of her military cargo on the stern, heads for France on 1 May, 1940. She will reach Cherbourg on the 7th, and discharge all of her cargo upon arrival. After refueling, she will depart for Sydney, Australia via Cape town. France would fall to the Nazi’s on the 10th,
  10. Ile De  France

    Ile De France

    The Ile De France sits at a pier off Staten Island in April, 1940. She is taking on military cargo that included bomber parts, and tons of sheet copper and brass bars. After being fully loaded, the ship will sail on the first of May.
  11. Aquitania


    SN member alan.gamblin noted in this photograph: 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
  12. 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
  13. 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
  14. 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
  15. Aquitania


    The Aquitania is shown arriving in New York on 16 September, 1939. A group of newsmen can be seen in the foreground on a small press boat; they were covering this arrival because she was the first large merchant ship to arrive in the port camouflaged and armed for defense. The ship had been expec
  16. Queen Mary

    Queen Mary

    American Troops who have just disembarked from the Queen Mary, get a better view of the huge grey ship that had brought them across the Atlantic to the wartime Scottish Port of Gourock in September, 1943. Many of the young and naive American GI’s from farming states like Kansas, Wyoming, and Oklaho
  17. 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
  18. 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
  19. 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
  20. 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