Scotty
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Whats's Your Favourite Ship?

Thu May 11, 2000 10:57 pm

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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RE: Whats's Your Favourite Ship?

Fri May 12, 2000 7:15 pm

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.
 
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RE: Whats's Your Favourite Ship?

Fri May 12, 2000 9:57 pm

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.
 
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RE: Whats's Your Favourite Ship?

Sat May 13, 2000 2:16 am

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




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RE: Whats's Your Favourite Ship?

Sat May 13, 2000 4:26 am

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.
 
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747-600X & The Mauretania

Sat May 13, 2000 6:17 pm

747-600X,

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!

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N863DA

Sun May 14, 2000 1:55 pm

Thanks! I saw it in a book with a very sad but appropriate poem accompanying.
 
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RE: Whats's Your Favourite Ship?

Mon May 15, 2000 4:51 am

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
 
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DeltaMD11

Mon May 15, 2000 12:19 pm

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...
 
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RE: Whats's Your Favourite Ship?

Sat Jul 08, 2000 7:40 am

My two favorites are the Normandie and the Aquitania. They were amazing.
 
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RE: Whats's Your Favourite Ship?

Sat Jul 08, 2000 9:45 am

Nimitz-class aircraft carriers, CVN-68 and up...
 
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RE: What's Your Favourite Ship?

Sat Jul 08, 2000 12:59 pm

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.)
 
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RE: What's Your Favourite Ship?

Sat Jul 08, 2000 4:14 pm

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.
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RE: Whats's Your Favourite Ship?

Sun Jul 09, 2000 6:45 am

On Thursday I saw the Caronia - ex Vistafjord of Norwegian America. She must be one of the best looking ships around nowadays.
 
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RE: Whats's Your Favourite Ship?

Sun Jul 09, 2000 4:28 pm

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.
 
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The Love Boat

Sun Jul 09, 2000 5:07 pm

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
http://www.princess.com
(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!!)

Cheers!!
 
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RE: Whats's Your Favourite Ship?

Wed Jul 12, 2000 3:48 am

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.
 
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Brittanic HIT A Mine! NOT A Torpedo!

Wed Jul 12, 2000 4:34 am

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!

FLY DELTA JETS and Sail With UNITED STATES LINES.



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RE: Whats's Your Favourite Ship?

Wed Aug 09, 2000 6:21 am

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.

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