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Old 26th Oct 2010, 21:17
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Britain's Greatest Ships?

There is a prog on UK Discovery Channel tomorrow [27/10/10] about Britain's Greatest Ship....
The Queen Elizabeth!
Built in Trieste, how on Earth can she be British?
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Old 26th Oct 2010, 21:19
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A pig ugly scow like all modern cruise liners,
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Old 26th Oct 2010, 21:19
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Katie Price. Plenty of satisfied punters have sailed in her.
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Old 26th Oct 2010, 22:04
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Remember driving through Greenock in 1968 and seeing the original Queen Elizabeth in dock there, only a few miles downstream from where she was built. Absolutely magnificent sight, even when not at sea. Last of the real ocean liners IMOH
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Old 26th Oct 2010, 23:02
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Lived about 8 miles N of Southampton in the fifties & remember the irrational sense of pride we felt when we heard the siren of one of the Queens in Southampton water. Still can imitate them - a sort of hissing buzz. About my only party piece.

Poor old lad
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Old 27th Oct 2010, 00:37
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The image of you performing made me chuckle.


Saw one of them when I was a nipper. Can't imagine who it was we were meeting.


Visited the Queen Mary when she was near the Spruce Goose. Won't forget that in a hurry.
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Old 27th Oct 2010, 01:24
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Britain makes some really good dredgers...HMS Nottingham springs to mind...
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Old 27th Oct 2010, 01:48
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Perhaps they are thinking of slightly earlier "greatest ships". Among the earliest Davaar memories are of mental images of calendars carrying pictures of the "Queen Mary" and such, all British and all Greatest, and of Papa Davaar making model aircraft for little Davaar with a penknife and bits of wood from the beach.

These aircraft were all biplanes, what we now call "flying boats". He would also take me to the hedge at Abbotsinch aerodrome (none of that "airfield" nonsense in those days) just outside Paisley to see the little aircraft with wheels (not flying boats) manoeuvre around for take-off. That was by some years the prelude to Davaar's own landing there in a single-seat jet, by which time management had got around to installing a paved runway or two.

It was possible, if you had the money, actually to buy model aircraft of metal, but these were invariably Zeppelins or R.100s. Some could be loaded with the gunpowder percussion caps sold for toy pistols, swung on a piece of string, and let fly. They were thus converted into bombs and would land on the nose with a satisfactory "bang".

The light entertainment of the day was "Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs", "Hi-Ho! Hi-Ho", and "Mickey Mouse".

"Pinocchio" came later and was for the younger urchins. We older fellows rather looked down on it.

Enthusiasm for that star Mickey Mouse was shared by one Adolf Hitler. It was illegal, it seems, to import movies to the 3rd Reich from the USA in the years running up to WW2, but Adolf's chum "Wee Josie" Goebbels, being o/c propaganda, was able to arrange the import of a set of "Mickey" movies for the Fuehrer's delight one year in the late 1930s.
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Old 27th Oct 2010, 02:20
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"Neuschwanstein" castle in Bavaria was the model for Sleeping Beauty's digs at Disneyland. Walt Disney visited Germany in 1935. As an anti Semite, Mr.Disney was most welcome in pre-war Deutschland. It is rumored that the idea for "DisneyLand" came from the Fuehrer himself.

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My two favorite ships are the Queen (Mary, of course), and the Golden Hinde.

Without Drake, San Francisco would still be made of adobe, and cornhusks. Bless you, Britain.

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Why, Nelson's Victory, of course. Beautiful. Couldn't believe just how limited the head-space was in the lower decks, I was practically crawling on all fours! I understand she is actually still on the register, still has a Master, etc?
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Old 27th Oct 2010, 07:15
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Being from Dundee I nominate Captain Scott's polar adventurer RRS Discovery.
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Old 27th Oct 2010, 07:20
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What about the first metal ship ? I can't remember it's name, but believe it was military rather than civilian in origin ?



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Old 27th Oct 2010, 07:43
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Brunels ship the Great Britain.
I have seen many of the new cruise liners in at Southampton and they are nothing more than floating apartment blocks stuck onto a sea going hull. Ugly as sin in my opinion.
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Old 27th Oct 2010, 10:47
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I understand she is actually still on the register, still has a Master, etc?
Yup, still on the rolls, and flagship of the Commander-in-Chief Naval Home Command, the second sea lord i think.
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Old 27th Oct 2010, 10:54
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Lived about 8 miles N of Southampton in the fifties & remember the irrational sense of pride we felt when we heard the siren of one of the Queens in Southampton water.
We lived between Southampton and Portsmouth, seem to remember the 'Queens' sailed at 16.00 on a Thursday? Or was that the Union Castle Line? A great treat was to go down to the coast at Hillhead and watch the big ships going in and out of Southampton Water, probably responsible for giving me the never to be cured travel bug.
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Old 27th Oct 2010, 11:00
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The Cutty Sark and the Thermopylae would have to be worth considering would they not?.

After all they were state of the art and were only outpaced by Donald McKays clippers which were fast but lightly built and hence had a short life span.
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Old 27th Oct 2010, 11:12
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Agree 100% Mr Emeritis,something unique about the last generation of wind ships,buggas to work on though.
How about this one,scared the pants off all the Admirals.

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Old 27th Oct 2010, 11:13
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Not a ship, but the mention of the Cutty Sark reminded me of the Gipsy Moth yacht which Sir Francis Chichester sailed around the world being the first person to do so.



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Old 27th Oct 2010, 11:15
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I don't think Sir Francis was the first Mr Jack.
Mr Joshua Slocum beat him to it in the late 1800s
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Old 27th Oct 2010, 11:18
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'The Love Boat' - does this count?


Seriously, I did the Queen Mary/Spruce Goose visit. Just the scale of Mary's prop from the viewing platform was pretty much gobsmackin'. Mind you the Spruce Goose was mighty impressive too!

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