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Whats's Your Favourite Ship?  
User currently offlineScotty From UK - Scotland, joined Dec 1999, 1875 posts, RR: 2
Posted (15 years 12 months 1 day 20 hours ago) and read 1890 times:

Hi Plane-Pickers

If you are on Airliners.net you might be into other kinds of transport like ships. So whats your favourite ship and why?


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User currently offlineLaserjet From New Zealand, joined Apr 2000, 193 posts, RR: 0
Reply 1, posted (15 years 12 months 1 day ago) and read 1517 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.

User currently offlineLBSteve From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 2, posted (15 years 12 months 21 hours ago) and read 1507 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.

User currently offlineN863DA From United States of America, joined Sep 2004, 48 posts, RR: 5
Reply 3, posted (15 years 12 months 17 hours ago) and read 1499 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?

Anyways.... that's just my opinion.

Now don't y'all forget now; FLY DELTA JETS


User currently offline747-600X From United States of America, joined Jan 2000, 2829 posts, RR: 13
Reply 4, posted (15 years 12 months 15 hours ago) and read 1492 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:
Dawn Princess
Grand Princess
Radisson Diamond

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.

User currently offlineN863DA From United States of America, joined Sep 2004, 48 posts, RR: 5
Reply 5, posted (15 years 12 months 1 hour ago) and read 1484 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.

Just to clear that up!



User currently offline747-600X From United States of America, joined Jan 2000, 2829 posts, RR: 13
Reply 6, posted (15 years 11 months 4 weeks 1 day 5 hours ago) and read 1472 times:

Thanks! I saw it in a book with a very sad but appropriate poem accompanying.

User currently offlineDeltaMD11 From United States of America, joined Dec 2002, 1709 posts, RR: 30
Reply 7, posted (15 years 11 months 4 weeks 14 hours ago) and read 1466 times:

RMS Brittanic, RMS Oceanic (White Star Line, Cir 1903), USS Bonhomme Richard LHD 6 http://www.navy.mil and Tench Class Submarine Fleet, United States http://www.subnet.com/fleet/ss-488.htm

Too often we ... enjoy the comfort of opinion without the discomfort of thought. - John Fitzgerald Kennedy
User currently offline747-600X From United States of America, joined Jan 2000, 2829 posts, RR: 13
Reply 8, posted (15 years 11 months 4 weeks 7 hours ago) and read 1459 times:

How on EARTH can you like the Brittanic? Once Titanic sank they doubled the safety features of Britty, gave her a double hull and all, and it sank in HALF the time of Titanic! Well, to each his own...

User currently offlinePeter From United States of America, joined Jun 2000, 570 posts, RR: 0
Reply 9, posted (15 years 10 months 4 days 11 hours ago) and read 1432 times:

My two favorites are the Normandie and the Aquitania. They were amazing.

User currently offlineCstarU From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 10, posted (15 years 10 months 4 days 9 hours ago) and read 1429 times:

Nimitz-class aircraft carriers, CVN-68 and up...

User currently offlineClassic707 From United States of America, joined Nov 1999, 548 posts, RR: 12
Reply 11, posted (15 years 10 months 4 days 6 hours ago) and read 1428 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.)

User currently offlineDesertJets From United States of America, joined Feb 2000, 7897 posts, RR: 14
Reply 12, posted (15 years 10 months 4 days 3 hours ago) and read 1429 times:

My favorite liner has to be the Andrea Dorie... the ill-fated Italian liner that despite all of its technology collided that fatefull night off long island with the Stockholm.

She was one of the most elegant ships of the post-war era... too bad its gone.

Stop drop and roll will not save you in hell. --- seen on a church marque in rural Virginia
User currently offlineScotty From UK - Scotland, joined Dec 1999, 1875 posts, RR: 2
Reply 13, posted (15 years 10 months 3 days 12 hours ago) and read 1425 times:

On Thursday I saw the Caronia - ex Vistafjord of Norwegian America. She must be one of the best looking ships around nowadays.

User currently offlinePacific From Hong Kong, joined Mar 2000, 1121 posts, RR: 0
Reply 14, posted (15 years 10 months 3 days 2 hours ago) and read 1417 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.

User currently offlineXQF From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 15, posted (15 years 10 months 3 days 2 hours ago) and read 1416 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!!)


User currently offlineN-156F From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 16, posted (15 years 10 months 15 hours ago) and read 1407 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.

User currently offlineN863DA From United States of America, joined Sep 2004, 48 posts, RR: 5
Reply 17, posted (15 years 10 months 14 hours ago) and read 1405 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!


N 8 6 3 D A.

User currently offlineSurf From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 18, posted (15 years 9 months 2 days 13 hours ago) and read 1392 times:


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.


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