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
Ratings on Britains last fixed-wing aircraft carrier, HMS Ark Royal, clean the deck
Ratings on Britain's last fixed-wing aircraft carrier, HMS Ark Royal, clean the deck, flanked by a Buccaneer and a Phantom Jet. This was the ship's last voyage, in October 1978, but right to the very end, the crew were cleaning, polishing and painting her so she looked her very best. After this final exercise in the Mediterranean, HMS Ark Royal returned to Plymouth to be scrapped
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The North Sea Patrol. Minesweepers of the Royal Navy, free from the hazardous war service
The North Sea Patrol.
Minesweepers of the Royal Navy, free from the hazardous war service, now play a vital role in protecting the rights of the North Sea fishermen. In the new spheres, they are the policeman of the fishing grounds, ensuring the vessels from foreign ports do not take their catches from areas allocated to the British trawler fleets, and our austerity larder benefits greatly from their ceaseless vigilance. Recent Arctic weather, bringing ice floes down to the fishing grounds, has made the Navy men increase their effort. Restricted shipping gives the pirate fishermen and a chance to work unobserved, and the minesweeper patrollers even more alert intercept and turn back any such attempt to poach arrival captured the British fishermen.
Photo shows, a ships lifeboat is due to take blue jackets aboard a suspected pirate vessel. Here, aboard the minesweeper HMS Mariner, the boat's crew prepared to lower away.
3 March 1947 Fish where the fish are!