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The Great Liners Part 43


A Maritime Medley Part Three
by Des Cox – Snowbow

This 43rd Episode in Snowbow’s excellent series of ‘The Great Liners’ is 75 mins of sheer maritime magic, produced using rare films never made public before, starting with a wonderful 11 mile cruise down the Thames in the early 1960s, from Tower Pier to Margate, via all the docks en-route and the hundreds of ships of all sizes to be seen. Next, we join BI’s beautiful Uganda as she sails from Malta on a Mediterranean cruise in the mid-1950s. How different things were back then with no crowds or queues and such a stress-free way to enjoy being at sea, so far removed from the hustle and bustle of modern-day cruising. What follows is a look at more previously unseen film of the Queen Mary and Elizabeth, starting with the QE’s first commercial sailing to New York in 1946. We also look back at their wartime service including rare film of the QE’s secret sailing from the Clyde to NY, taking with her surprised John Brown workers who had been told they were going to Southampton for final fitting-out. The rare film just keeps coming as we’re treated to the Queen Mary’s final departure from NY and arrival in Southampton. The footage of her is the best seen, as she arrives to an ecstatic reception. Then more rare film shows us the Queen Elizabeth’s penultimate sailing, and then the maiden departure to NY of the QE2. Finally, we sail all around South America, via the Panama Canal on Grace/Delta Line 1950s and 80s cargo liners. So exciting on working cargo passenger ships, especially the amazing experience of transiting the Straits of Magellan.
A truly great DVD and one you will watch over and over again!

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QE2, Queen Elizabteth, Queen Mary, Uganda


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