Laserjet From New Zealand, joined Apr 2000, 193 posts, RR: 0 Reply 1, posted (13 years 7 months 1 week 6 days 1 hour ago) and read 721 times:
I have several favourites, all harking back to the golden age of liners. The Queen Mary, and the first Mauretania. These are my favourites, beacuse they had pure style and class, as well as providing such good reliable service for many years.
LBSteve From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR: Reply 2, posted (13 years 7 months 1 week 5 days 22 hours ago) and read 711 times:
Naturally I’d say the Titanic but it’s become somewhat of a novelty. The other would be the Normandie, designed and built by the French. The Normandie was perhaps the most luxurious and opulent liner of its time more so than even the Titanic. The famous liner was to be stripped of its luxurious furnishings and used for troop transport during the war, sadly it caught fire and sank while in a New York harbor.
N863DA From United States of America, joined Sep 2004, 48 posts, RR: 6 Reply 3, posted (13 years 7 months 1 week 5 days 18 hours ago) and read 703 times:
All ships, with the exception of RMS Queen Mary, pale in comparison with the United States.
Now she must be the greatest liner afloat. (At last I heard, in 1997 she was indeed still afloat in Philadelphia) She has never been beaten in speed by any liner before or since. The Queen Mary was the only comparable ship and even she could only muster four knots slower.
The fastest crossing between New York and Southampton. But the United States was only six years ahead of the Boeing 707, and the latter had the upper edge in the long run.
Anybody have any ideas what happened to the United States in the past couple of years?
747-600X From United States of America, joined Jan 2000, 2777 posts, RR: 16 Reply 4, posted (13 years 7 months 1 week 5 days 16 hours ago) and read 696 times:
Definitely the Mauretania (the original one, sister to Lusitania). Have you seen pictures of that thing's dining room? I have a picture of it in 1950something, all white and rusting, sailing into New York for the last time before being scrapped. :-(
Second to that are these:
Titanic was a very poorly designed ship, and its luxuries were easily and suddenly outdone. Lusitania, for example, had a two-story dining room with a circular atrium.
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N863DA From United States of America, joined Sep 2004, 48 posts, RR: 6 Reply 5, posted (13 years 7 months 1 week 5 days 2 hours ago) and read 688 times:
What you have seen is a picture of the Mauretania that was painted to hang above the Electric Fireplace in the Tourist Class Smoking Room on the RMS Queen Mary by Charles Pears.
It depicts the RMS Mauretania sailing to Rosyth in Scotland to be broken up on July 4th 1935. The masts had to be cut fown in order to fit under the bridge that is located behind it in the picture.
Incidentally, the reason that the ship was painted white is because in the twilight of its career it was employed to cruise around the Mediterranean rather than sail the North Atlantic. The white felt 'cooler' or something like that. Makes sense when you think that it once had a black hull.
Classic707 From United States of America, joined Nov 1999, 548 posts, RR: 14 Reply 11, posted (13 years 5 months 2 weeks 2 days 7 hours ago) and read 632 times:
With out a doubt it is the S.S. United States! She is big and she is fast, a true symbol of the nation that created here, She is a ship with out equal. It is sad to think that such a fine ship is suffering the same fate of my jetliners of here era, slowly rusting away until she is a mere shadow of her former self. But there is hope, she is still alive in Philadelphia, waiting for some one or organization to take up here cause before it is too late. It is a shame that the rise of the airliner brought down the mighty ocean liner. (Ocean liners used to be my passion before airliners.)
Pacific From Hong Kong, joined Mar 2000, 1044 posts, RR: 0 Reply 14, posted (13 years 5 months 2 weeks 1 day 4 hours ago) and read 621 times:
Wasn't the Britanic bombed on or torpedoed while serving as a medical ship? I think an army strike would sink a boat faster than an iceberg. Two torpedoes can sink a liner pretty quickly like what happened to the Lusitania.
My favourate boat must be the SuperStar Leo, biggest cruise ship in Asia. It has great crew, facilities, good cabins and can cruise smmothly at 25 knts.
XQF From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR: Reply 15, posted (13 years 5 months 2 weeks 1 day 3 hours ago) and read 620 times:
I have been a lucky boy indeed, i love airlines and aircraft and so I have worked for Qantas and now work for British Airways. But when i took my year off and went to Canada i worked for Princess Cruises - "It's More Than Just a Cruise, It's The Love Boat". I loved working for them.
So my favourite ship would have to be the Dawn Princess. She is beautiful and grand. The reason she was my favourite (we handled 5 other Princess ships a week - The Sky Princess, Sea Princess, Regal Princess, Crown Princess & Sun Princess) was the crew, they are awesome. My colleague (and best friend) and I actually went down to Portland, Oregon at the end of the Alaska season when the Dawn was in dry dock and partied with them.
check her and all the others out at
(including the Grand Princess - the largest cruise ship ever built!! The Grand is so big you could fit 3 747's and a 737 inside!!)
N-156F From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR: Reply 16, posted (13 years 5 months 1 week 5 days 16 hours ago) and read 611 times:
My favorite ship? USS Enterprise. NCC-1701
Seriously, my favorite ship is probably the RMS Brittanic. The ship was excellent, and benefitted immensely from Titanic's failure, and was unfortunately torpedoed in the Mediterranean by a German U-Boat. Someone made a comment about "How can you like the Brittanic?...it sank in half the time of the Titanic?"
You get shot by a few torpedoes and see how long you stay afloat. I'd assume considerably longer than if you'd done 12 sq. ft. of damage to an iceberg and taken too long to notice the irreversible flooding.
N863DA From United States of America, joined Sep 2004, 48 posts, RR: 6 Reply 17, posted (13 years 5 months 1 week 5 days 15 hours ago) and read 609 times:
OK let's just clear something up here.
Titanic was sunk in two hours forty minutes by an iceberg that caused a total of around 9 square feet of damage to the hull.
Brittanic hit a MINE laid in the Kea Channel (by U-21), which blew away some of the port side. The explosion from the mine was relatively minor, but the coal dust in the hull (the ship being at the end of it's voyage to pick up injured Allied servicemen from Crete) ignited and blew most of the forward port side away - a hole about 150 feet wide. It is truly a tribute to the Brittanic that it stayed afloat for 21 minutes.
Another reason it sank faster is because the engines were put at Full Steam Ahead by the Captain who decided that he would do his damndest to beach the ship on the coast, less than two miles away. Needless to say he failed, and this was the main cause of casualties - nobody told the evacuees from the ship, now in the lifeboats on the ocean surface, that the ship was trying to steam away. The lifeboats were sucked by the propwash into the props, and destroyed by them.
And yes they can now prove that it was a mine and not a topedo because Robert Ballard found the mine chain and anchor.
And the greatest ship of all time remains the SS United States. The most amazing ship ever!
Surf From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR: Reply 18, posted (13 years 4 months 2 weeks 14 hours ago) and read 596 times:
NORMANDIE NORMANDIE NORMANDIE NORMANDIE
The United States was just fast..that's all..the decoration and the interior design were so spare and dull. I can agree it was the fastest ship, becuase it is true, but that ship can never never compare to the Normandie in terms of elegance and style.