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.
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.
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
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
Emotions ran high in the port of Rotterdam on 10 April, 1946. On that day Holland America's beloved Nieuw Amsterdam came home to the Dutch Port following completion of her service in the Second World War. Although the ship came in under some very dark and threatening skies, a portion of the cloud
A view showing just some of the more than 8000 smiling faces of returning American troops to New York aboard the Aquitania in September, 1945. These troops were members of the US Armies Third Infantry Division. Unlike previous returning soldiers, these men would be discharged from the service rath
In a rare view, the Queen Elizabeth is seen from the air while docked in the Port of San Francisco on 16 March, 1942. I didn't know the ship had made a stop here at this time in the war, and I didn't know she was given a new coat of dark gray paint during her stay. I wonder too if she had been the
This picture shows the stairway installed in the First Class Dining Saloon by crew members on the Aquitania in September, 1939. It was intended to facilitate an abandon ship order in case of an attack. One has to wonder how effective it would have been since the railing at the top, around the open
Here is an unseen view of the Aquitania being maneuvered between Cunard's pier 91 and the Italian Lines pier 92 in New York Harbor on 16 September, 1939. The ship is armed at the stern and has had her superstructure painted over in a dull gray. The picture also gives one an idea of the amount of s
An example of the censoring of mail for classified Intelligence content or other prohibited material during WW2.
(The photo has been manipulated to show the whole Examiner's label, half of which was on the back of the envelope. Blotting-out the address was also done by me.)
The Aquitania is shown docked in New York on 7 November, 1945. She has just completed repatriating her last load of 8000 American troops; and she has begun the task of loading perishable food stuffs for the return voyage to Southampton. Cunard had installed compressors on her lowest deck to refrig