The 83, 000 ton Cunard-White Star Liner Queen Elizabeth cast off her moorings
The 83, 000 ton Cunard-White Star Liner "Queen Elizabeth" cast off her moorings and Southampton and slid slowly from her berth to begin her maiden passenger voyage to New York. A great crowd on the quayside gave the ship a rousing send off, other vessels at Southampton Water sounded their sirens in farewell as she gathered speed. Overhead half a dozen aircraft circled the "Q.E.", agleam in her new paint, as she steamed down the Solent to show the world the determination of Britain to hold pride of place in luxurious high-speed ocean travel.
Picture shows crowds watching at Southampton as "Queen Elizabeth" leaves her berth on her maiden passenger voyage across the Atlantic.
16 October 1946
Coronation - children having a street party to celebrate. Norfolk Crescent, Sidcup photographer
Coronation - children having a street party to celebrate. Norfolk Crescent, Sidcup
photographer: John Topham
colourised from original black & white image
2 June 1953
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Mr EW Meyerstein, the High Sherrif of Kent, speaking at the laying of the foundation
Mr EW Meyerstein, the High Sherrif of Kent, speaking at the laying of the foundation stone for the new maternity wing at the Livingstone Hospital in Dartford.
© John Topham / TopFoto.co.uk
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