As a World War 2 Troopship, the Aquitania is shown while making an Atlantic crossing with a load of Canadian troops bound for Gourock, Scotland in early 1944. The ship is clearly in need of some new paint, and she would have normally had an annual overhaul in December of the previous year, but the
The Europa is shown at sea as she nears New York on 9 December, 1946. She carried about 5,000 American troops at a time on these voyages, and she was never pushed in terms of speed because it was feared her boilers might burst. She averaged about 22 knots on these voyages, but she also had to deal
The Europa moves to dry dock on 16 June, 1945. The ship still wears the dazzle paint that had been applied back in 1940 for the planned invasion of Britain. The ship had sat neglected for five years and much work would be needed just to make her seaworthy. She would make her first American troop
I posted a printed postcard copy of this picture almost a year ago, but it's quality was so poor, I decided to replace the entire post when I finally found the actual photograph. It's an original news photo and it says the date of Aquitania's departure from New York after the start of the war was 2
The Queen Elizabeth is seen steaming up the Hudson after making a safe arrival in New York on 7 March, 1940. Her wartime Maiden Voyage is considered the second most unusual in the history of Atlantic Liners.
The remains of the Normandie are seen heading down the Hudson after being refloated in November, 1943. The caption from this picture optimistically says she's heading to a shipyard for restoration and a return to service.
The Aquitania returns to Southampton in late September, 1945 following her latest repatriation crossing with American servicemen. While in Southampton, her crew would repaint her four stacks back to their peacetime colors, before beginning what will prove to be her final major trooping voyage to Ne
A close-up detailed view of the stern of the Aquitania is shown following her arrival in Sydney on 27 February, 1943. She is carrying close to her licensed capacity of 7,724 troops. That number would be regularly exceeded just three months later, when American troops began to be carried from New Y
Aquitania is shown taking on additional troops and stores at Fremantle during a return voyage from Suez to Sydney, in February, 1943. Her troopship grey paint appears to be a lot darker in color than the paint scheme she would use when she returned to the Atlantic a few months later. Her armament
The Aquitania steams along in convoy in early May, 1940; she had left Wellington on 2 May to join the group. Like virtually all troopships during these early years of the war, her armament was minimal, and consisted of just the two twelve pounders that had been mounted on her stern back in Septembe
The big four-stacker passes the headlands of Sydney as she enters the Australian port in April, 1940. The ships superstructure is painted in a light color, but it appears to be more of a gray color, rather than the often assumed peacetime white.
Here is a distant view of the Aquitania sailing on the North Atlantic in May, 1942, during one of her rare convoy voyages to Gourock Scotland and Belfast Ireland. This photograph was taken from the American battleship, New York.
The former Manhattan, now renamed Wakefield, and serving as a US transport, is shown during a crossing on the Atlantic. As a troopship, the Wakefield would survive a bombing raid at Singapore, and a near fatal fire at sea on the Atlantic. The fire occurred in September, 1942, she remained on ablaz