Thanks for posting that Bob. I served on her in mid-1953 at the time of that year's Spithead Review (see earlier posting of mine). However, it is rare to see any photos of her anywhere these days. Can anybody tell me any details of the rest of her "career" after 1969?? Kind regards, Doug H
Sold for breaking up in Belgium in 1971 after 31 years service and 2,750,000 miles steaming. It is interesting that the Queen Mary achieved 3,800,000 miles, but I think I have read somewhere that QE2 has passed the 5,000,000 mile mark.
The “Andes” had carved a niche for herself as Britain’s premier first class only cruise liner. Her career was not generally eventful; she came and went with the usual range of cruise destinations, with little fuss. She was a byword for luxury, many passengers returning year after year.
After the company’s take over by Furness Withy in the mid 1960’s the world of the “Andes” became under increasing threat Perhaps most of all, the cruising niche which Royal Mail had fostered so long with only limited competition, now became much more competitive
That was partly because other company’s were realizing that, with greater affluence and more leisure time, people were turning the cruise market on its head, most were keen to exploit the cheaper end of the market, which, for a time lessened the impact on the “Andes.
In 1969, notwithstanding a further major refit only a year earlier, the “Andes” reached 30 years of age. Here was the final crossroads in Royal Mails long journey through the world of cruising. It was clear that her days were numbered.
During 1971, she embarked on her final cruise; crewmembers and passengers alike shed tears. We, none of us lucky enough to have sailed on her will forget.
I'm an old fart so I have some odd things. I have the breakfast menu of the R.M.S. Ausonia for Monday May 31st 1937. Her sister ship was the R.M.S. Lancastria. She has the unfortunate reputation of being in volved in the worst mariatime disaster in British history. Whilst lying off the Loire estuary, near St. Nazaire on Monday 17th June 1940, having embarked service personnel prior to the fall of France, she was bombed by aircraft and quickly sank. It is believed that some 7,000 went down with her. Churchill recently appointed prime minister, ordered a news blackout and the British public were unaware of the disaster until the wars end in 1945.
Hi Bob, I joined the "Andes" not long after your photo was taken and stayed till she went to scrap about seventy one. She was a fine old ship and was plagued with mechanical problems in her final years.