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Postby Matt » Mon Jun 11, 2018 12:39 am

Joe my mother would have loved to have seen that photo of the Empress of. Canada.That was
the ship that brought her to Canada (Montreal) in 1964.She had never flown so the Royal Air Force
Benevolent Society??? paid for her along with all her home furnishing for the voyage for her to
start a new life in a new country after my father passed away as a serving member of the RAF.Montreal
was her choice as her first language was French little did she know that the French she spoke bore no relation to the French in Canada(Quebecois) :D :D
She lasted 3 months then headed to Edmonton(2 days by train)
Thanks again Joe.Keep them coming.
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Postby fatboyjoe90 » Thu Jun 14, 2018 9:13 pm

Thank for your comments Matt, and sharing your memories of your mothers trip on the Empress of Canada, to start a new life in Canada. :wink: :)
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Re: Photos of Ships that have used the Port of Liverpool Do

Postby fatboyjoe90 » Thu Jun 14, 2018 9:14 pm

The DEVONIA, London, moored at the Pierhead landing stage in 1965. The DEVONIA started life as the SS Devonshire one of the fleet of vessels of the Bibby Line.
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1965 Notice all the tugboats moored alongside the DEVONIA, the River Mersey was much busier even in the 1960s.
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Re: Photos of Ships that have used the Port of Liverpool Do

Postby fatboyjoe90 » Mon Jun 18, 2018 11:57 pm

The SAXONIA leaving Liverpool on her maiden voyage on 2nd September 1954
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Although no doubt the Cunard Line would disclaim any intention of setting up records, the fact that the SAXONIA on her maiden eastbound crossing from Montreal to Liverpool completed the passage in the fastest time yet, must have been gratifying to them. To accomplish the passage from the St Lawrence pilot station at Father Point, Quebec, to the Mersey Bar Lightship in less than five days was an achievement worthy of congratulations to all associated with the ship.

On her record-breaking eastbound passage, the SAXONIA encountered continuous north-westerly gales. Her Denny-Brown stabilisers reduced the rolling to less than two degrees, a circumstance naturally appreciated by her passengers.

The SAXONIA had one of the largest end-of-season passenger lists ever known and reached Liverpool at the end of her maiden voyage nearly nine hours ahead of her original schedule.

On the basis of an estimated speed of 19 knots, the SAXONIA was not expected to berth at Princes Landing Stage until Tuesday evening 21st September. Her master, Captain Andrew MacKellar, however, found that despite the rough seas and heavy swell encountered, his new ship was capable of almost another two knots. Consequently, the SAXONIA was off the Mersey Bar at 4.30am and alongside the landing stage by 9.am.
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Re: Photos of Ships that have used the Port of Liverpool Do

Postby Matt » Tue Jun 19, 2018 6:11 pm

Hi Joe,I tried to take a photo at Pointe-au-Pere(Father Point) for Lily some time ago but it was late at night when we passed it.
The pilot station there was the first place that got the signal that the Empress of Ireland(on her way to Liverpool) was sinking.One of Lily's relatives
was an officer on board her.Higher number of deaths than the Titanic but it was in May 1914 just before the First World War(July)
started and the reporting of it fell by the wayside.
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Re: Photos of Ships that have used the Port of Liverpool Do

Postby fatboyjoe90 » Wed Jun 20, 2018 12:08 am

Hiya Matt, thanks for all that info. :wink: I have found the following on Wikipedia i hope this what you're looking for?

Pointe-au-Père (English: Father Point) is a district (secteur) of the city of Rimouski, Quebec, which is located in the centre part of the Bas-Saint-Laurent region in eastern Quebec at the mouth of the St. Lawrence River. Its population was 4,240 in 2002, the year it merged with Rimouski. It is named after Father Henri Nouvel, who celebrated the first mass there in 1663.[1][2]

Pointe-au-Père lighthouse along with the Site historique maritime de la Pointe-au-Père museum are major regional tourist attractions.

Murderer Dr Crippen was arrested when the steam ship SS Montrose, on which he was trying to escape with his mistress, who was disguised as his son, reached Pointe-au-Père.
RMS Empress of Ireland

On May 29, 1914, the RMS Empress of Ireland sank in the Saint Lawrence River near this village, with a loss of more than 1,000 lives.
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RMS Empress of Ireland
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Re: Photos of Ships that have used the Port of Liverpool Do

Postby Matt » Wed Jun 20, 2018 2:16 am

More about the sinking Joe.
The ship reached Pointe-au-Père, Quebec (or Father Point) near the town of Rimouski in the early hours of 29 May 1914, where the pilot disembarked. Empress of Ireland resumed a normal outward bound course of about N76E, and soon sighted the masthead lights of Storstad, a Norwegian collier, on her starboard bow at a distance of several miles. Likewise, Storstad, which was abreast of Métis Point and on a course W. by S., sighted Empress of Ireland's masthead lights. The first sightings were made in clear weather conditions, but fog soon enveloped the ships. The ships resorted to repeated use of their fog whistles. At about 02:00 local time Storstad crashed into Empress of Ireland's starboard side at around midships. Storstad remained afloat, but Empress of Ireland was severely damaged. A gaping hole in her side caused the lower decks to flood at a rate alarming to the crew.
Empress of Ireland listed rapidly to starboard. There was no time to shut the watertight doors. Most of the passengers and crew in the lower decks drowned quickly; water entered through open portholes, some only a few feet above the water line, and inundated passageways and cabins. Those berthed in the upper decks were awakened by the collision, and immediately boarded lifeboats on the boat deck. Within a few minutes of the collision, the list was so severe that the port lifeboats could not be launched. Some passengers attempted to do so but the lifeboats just crashed into the side of the ship, spilling their occupants into the frigid water. Five starboard lifeboats were launched successfully, while a sixth capsized during lowering
Ten or eleven minutes after the collision, Empress of Ireland lurched violently onto her starboard side, allowing as many as 700 passengers and crew to crawl out of the portholes and decks onto her port side. The ship lay on her side for a minute or two, having seemingly run aground. A few minutes later, about 14 minutes after the collision, the stern rose briefly out of the water and the ship finally sank. Hundreds of people were thrown into the near-freezing water. The disaster resulted in the deaths of 1,012 people.
As reported in the newspapers at the time, there was much confusion as to the cause of the collision with both parties claiming the other was at fault. "If the testimony of both captains were to be believed, the collision happened as both vessels were stationary with their engines stopped," as noted at the subsequent inquiry. The witnesses from Storstad said they were approaching so as to pass red to red (port to port) while those from Empress of Ireland said they were approaching so as to pass green to green (starboard to starboard), but "the stories are irreconcilable".
Ultimately, the swift sinking and immense loss of life can be attributed to three factors: the location in which Storstad made contact, failure to close Empress of Ireland's watertight doors, and longitudinal bulkheads that exacerbated the list by inhibiting cross flooding. A contributing factor were open portholes. Surviving passengers and crew testified that some upper portholes were left open for ventilation. The maritime 'Safety of Life at Sea' regulations require openable portholes to be closed and locked before leaving port,but portholes were often left open in sheltered waters like the Saint Lawrence River where heavy seas were not expected. When Empress of Ireland began to list to starboard, water poured through the open portholes further increasing flooding.

Maybe I will be able to go there in 18months and get some photo's of the actual site for Lily where the Empress of Ireland sank
as we are on a cruise from Iceland to New York and end up in Montreal and it is supposed to be a daylight passage up the St Lawrence river past
Pointe-au-pere.The whole area around there is a designated Canadian National Historic Site.
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Re: Photos of Ships that have used the Port of Liverpool Do

Postby lynne99 » Fri Jun 22, 2018 5:55 pm

What an elegant light house . Perhaps we should have a thread on Light houses.
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Re: Photos of Ships that have used the Port of Liverpool Do

Postby fatboyjoe90 » Fri Jun 22, 2018 8:45 pm

Well said Lynne, why don't you start it as it's your idea. :wink: :D
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Re: Photos of Ships that have used the Port of Liverpool Do

Postby lynne99 » Sun Jun 24, 2018 5:44 pm

Right Joe, I don't have any photos and there are not many by Rugby :D :D secondly I can't post photos!!
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Re: Photos of Ships that have used the Port of Liverpool Do

Postby fatboyjoe90 » Mon Jun 25, 2018 12:43 am

So sorry about Lynne, i didn't know you couldn't post photos, let me know the next time you're in Bootle and I'll try help you conquer it. :wink: :)
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Postby fatboyjoe90 » Mon Jun 25, 2018 12:51 am

The QE2 arrives on the River Mersey 22nd October 1990. :wink: :D
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Postby Invicta » Mon Jun 25, 2018 11:57 am

Nice Joe,
She is now in Dubai ( pic March 2017 ) looking rather tatty but I understand work has commence to rejuvenate her.

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Re: Photos of Ships that have used the Port of Liverpool Do

Postby fatboyjoe90 » Wed Jun 27, 2018 12:16 am

Thanks for that Ken, I've enlarged your photo of her. :wink:

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Postby fatboyjoe90 » Wed Jun 27, 2018 12:20 am

Reina REINA DEL MAR at the landing stage. :wink:
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Postby fatboyjoe90 » Fri Jun 29, 2018 12:39 am

The Bulk carrier Marine Princess seen loading scrap metal at Alexandra Dock, Liverpool, 11th April of 2017. :wink:
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Postby fatboyjoe90 » Mon Jul 02, 2018 1:18 am

The explosion of the SS Malakand

It was the strategic importance of the docks which made Liverpool such an important target for the Luftwaffe. Liverpool was the main port for convoys crossing the Atlantic from the free world.

Throughout the Second World War, the Mersey was full of all kinds of ships, both military and merchant. Vital food supplies came into Britain through Liverpool so if the port could be closed, Britain might starve. As well as bombs, mines were parachuted into the Mersey to disrupt shipping. These, as well as unexploded bombs, caused great disruption long after the bombers had left Merseyside’s skies.

Built in 1919, the SS Malakand cargo liner was part of the Brocklebank shipping line, named after the Malakand area of the Indian sub-continent.
On the worst night of the Blitz on Liverpool, 3rd May 1941, SS Malakand, loaded with a thousand tons of munitions, caught fire, blew up and obliterated the Huskisson Dock. It is thought that a drifting barrage balloon landed on the deck and burst into flames.
SS Malakand
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Pieces of the ship were blasted over two miles away causing even further damage to the Overhead Railway. Half the docks were temporarily put out of action as a result of the destruction caused by the blast. Thousands of dockworkers, troops and volunteers were involved in the clear up. Miraculously, considering the size of the blast, only four people were killed.

Huskisson Dock
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The Remains of SS Malakand.
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By the end of the 1941 Blitz, 69 out of 144 cargo berths were closed. There were serious losses of ships, food and fuel. Had the May bombing continued for just a few more nights, the docks could have been totally disabled.
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Postby fatboyjoe90 » Wed Jul 04, 2018 12:28 am

HMS Antrim, which was anchored in mid-river during the riots of 1911.
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Postby fatboyjoe90 » Fri Jul 06, 2018 12:27 am

This is a photo of the former landing craft Landfall, This is her as a club in the Collingwood dock 1970s :wink:
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Postby fatboyjoe90 » Sat Jul 07, 2018 11:39 pm

The world's largest and grandest ocean liner, the Queen Mary 2, joined for the first time on the River Mersey with Queen Victoria and Queen Elizabeth for Cunard's 175th anniversary. :wink: :D

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Postby fatboyjoe90 » Mon Jul 09, 2018 11:02 pm

The last White Star liner, M.V. Britannic departing from Liverpool for New York, with a Cunarder ahead of her, while the Cunard Line's tender Skirmisher steams in from the right, c1950s :wink: :D

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Postby fatboyjoe90 » Wed Jul 11, 2018 1:07 am

Cunard ship the Mauretania being re-fuelled with bags of coal in the River Mersey. :wink: :D

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Postby fatboyjoe90 » Mon Jul 16, 2018 11:17 pm

City of Winchester - Ellerman Line Liverpool. :wink:

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Postby fatboyjoe90 » Wed Jul 18, 2018 12:43 am

The Cunard liner the Aquitania on her maiden voyage from Liverpool to New York back in 1914. :wink: :D

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Postby fatboyjoe90 » Thu Jul 19, 2018 12:49 am

Three giant marionettes have left Liverpool by boat at the end of a street theatre event in the city. :wink: :D

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Postby fatboyjoe90 » Fri Jul 20, 2018 10:56 pm

Tall Ships leaving Liverpool. :wink: :D
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Re: Photos of Ships that have used the Port of Liverpool Do

Postby lynne99 » Sun Jul 22, 2018 7:04 pm

What a beautiful photo Joe, thanks
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Re: Photos of Ships that have used the Port of Liverpool Do

Postby fatboyjoe90 » Mon Jul 23, 2018 6:42 pm

Queen Elizabeth departs #Liverpool shortly but we’ll have a full report on her visit to mark 80 years since launch of #Mauretania in @BBCNWT at 6.30 @cunardline @CruiseLpool @CammellLaird #Wirral :wink: :D


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Re: Photos of Ships that have used the Port of Liverpool Do

Postby fatboyjoe90 » Mon Jul 23, 2018 6:46 pm

[quote="lynne99"]What a beautiful photo Joe, thanks[/quot

Thanks for that Lynne, i agree its a beautiful photo, it's not one mine though. :wink: :D
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Re: Photos of Ships that have used the Port of Liverpool Do

Postby Invicta » Mon Jul 23, 2018 10:12 pm

At 22.00pm tonight She was NW of Great Orme enroute to Dublin according to AIS. :wink: K
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Postby fatboyjoe90 » Mon Jul 23, 2018 10:18 pm

That’s correct Ken. :wink:
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Re: Photos of Ships that have used the Port of Liverpool Do

Postby fatboyjoe90 » Thu Jul 26, 2018 12:46 am

Entering the Mersey, with Gormley iron man, red-jacket-photographer, this is an older photo. :wink: :D
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Re: Photos of Ships that have used the Port of Liverpool Do

Postby Invicta » Thu Jul 26, 2018 9:17 am

When did the IOM Ferries get so big :wink: :lol: K
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Re: Photos of Ships that have used the Port of Liverpool Do

Postby lynne99 » Thu Jul 26, 2018 10:53 am

Good job you told me which was the iron man and which the photographer. :D
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Re: Photos of Ships that have used the Port of Liverpool Do

Postby fatboyjoe90 » Thu Jul 26, 2018 11:28 pm

Invicta wrote:When did the IOM Ferries get so big :wink: :lol: K


Ken. :lol: :lol: :lol:
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