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AUREOL berthing at Liverpool Landing Stage shortly after delivery from Alexander Stephen & Sons Ltd in 1951.
 

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No problem-glad to be of help.Sorry it/s not a better one. Have had a very quick look at your site.Looks excellent.Will go back when I have a little more time and see it properly.
 

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I made eleven trips on the Aureol, three as J.O.S. between February 1970 and June 1970, and eight as E.D.H. between September 1971 and June 1972. We sailed from Liverpool on March 14th 1972 and docked in Southampton on the 17th of April, this was the first time at that port, and she never went back to Liverpool again. She was a fine ship, with a great crew, and I have many fond memories of her. I have two photos of her on my website, which you can use as you like. Regards Tony Jones. www.rhiw.com.
 

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I remember the "Big White Bird" berthed at Apapa, I think. A young couple from the ship, he in a white tuxedo, she in an evening dress, straight out of a Somerset Maugham story, were in the middle of riotous happenings in Maxim's Nightclub, on top of a large building in Lagos. They looked so embarrassed, but I'm sure they laugh about it now. Good job they didn't see the sink in the back room!

John T.
 

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Great photo's of another Liverpool old girl.
My father was an engineer on this vessel in the 50's and had many tales about her.
 

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Yes She was a beautiful vessel, I think they used to say modeled (?) on the "Coronia"
Anybody any idea where the name came from, it certainly didn`t seem to go along with the general run of ED`s names
 

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The name of the ship comes from Mt. Aureol which rises behind Freetown.
I doubt if she was modelled on the Caronia or any other ship, although there was a slight resemblance. She was an in-house design by Elder Dempster naval architects.

Flyers, what was your father's name, it's possible that I knew him.

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Derek
 

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James Finnegan

Hi, my Dad James Finnegan was an engineer on the Aureol. He absolutely loved the ship and his time spent aboard her. Does anyone remember him? It would probably have been late 60s or early 70s.
Thanks
Angela
 

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I was lucky enough to spend time as Apprentice, Extra Third Mate and Extra Second Mate on her. Not only was she good looking but she was always a 'happy'
ship!
 

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In my six years in EDs I never sailed on any of the three passenger vessels, I was told by Mr Heslop, engineers personel manager, "That I was not mail boat material", snobby bar stewards.
 

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I was 3/0 on her in 1967. Capt Sullivan was the Master and Charlie Woodward was the Mate
That would have been Captain C.S.H. O'Sullivan, whom I knew well from his time as master of the Ebani.
Clifford Stanley Harbottle were his names, he was known as "Timmo", an abbreviation of Timoshenko, the Russian Army commander. A well-known figure down the coast, with an eye for the ladies.

I did 3 trips on the Aureol as Apprentice in 1962, not long before I came ashore to do my 2nd Mates ticket.
 

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Harbottle was the master of the my first ship the Accra, a very urbane character with a grey goatee.I only lasted one trip Don Cadman said I spent too much time being lead astray by the Junior Engineers but I was a good human being,probably why my next boat was the Kohima!
 

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They called her the white swan, when she sailed out of Liverpool. And in this photo you can see why, Regards, Tony.
Remember her fondly from days in the Bank Line when we 'crossed tracks' on the West African Coast in the 1950's. One of the pics of her I like is attached. - stern view.
 

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The Aureol was possibly my favourite ship. I did three trips on her in the early 70's as a cadet. First to we're with Captain RG Williams who was a super chap and well fitted to be master of a passenger ship. My third trip was a year later under Captain Duncan 'Drunken ' Campbell. She was an exceptionally happy ship.
I transcribed my 'Log Book' for one of those voyages and have posted it on my website; www.sudarg.wordpress.com/2009/09/19/aureol/
 

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I've seen speculation that one of the reasons for her relatively early retirement was the brittle nature of some of the earlier post-war steel with which she was constructed. Does that ring a bell with anyone? Obviously she lasted for over 50 years with Latsis, but much of that was in a static role.
 
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