700 troops due to sail for India and the far east walked off the S.S. Corfu at Southampton
700 troops due to sail for India and the far east walked off the S.S. Corfu at Southampton. They complain that the ship, a 14, 000 ton carrying 2698 officers and men back to their overseas units is overcrowded, that washing and lavatory accommodation is inadequate, recreation facilities lacking. Bad messing arrangements and a shortage of blankets are also among the men's complaints. The area commander Brig. W.C. A. Hanney addressed the men on the Dockside in an effort to persuade them to go aboard without immediate success.
Photo shows men from the S.S Corfu leaving Southampton dockyard to walk into the town.
8 April 1946
Heavy rain was falling when the 34, 000 ton Cunard - White Star Liner Caronia largest
Heavy rain was falling when the 34, 000 ton Cunard - White Star Liner "Caronia" largest ship now building in the world, was launched at John Brown's Clydebank shipyard today by Her Royal Highness Princess Elizabeth, who was accompanied by her fiance, Lt. Philip Mountbatten, R. N. They were afforded a tumultuous welcome by thousands lining the route as they drove to the yard. The new vessel is 714 feet long, has nine decks, and will be fitted with radar. Clipper-bowed and single-funnelled, the Caronia will form, with the Mauritania, a second string for the two "Queens" on the North Atlantic route. The ?3 million ship will become an important dollar earner for Britain.
Picture shows: Princess Elizabeth and Lt Mountbatten, with Cunard White Star officials and distinguished guests on the launching platform at Clydebank today (Thursday).
30 October 1947
Her Royal Highness Princess Margaret, performing her first public function unaccompanied
Her Royal Highness Princess Margaret, performing her first public function unaccompanied by other members of the Royal family, today, successfully launched the 28, 500 t union Castle liner "Edinburgh Castle" at Belfast. It was a perfect launching ceremony, and when the 17-year-old princess pressed a lever on a platform in Harland and Wolff's shipyard, and swung a bottle of South African wine against the stem of the ship, the liner slid down the slipways into the waters of Belfast Lough. When completed, the Edinburgh Castle will take up service on the South African run.
Picture shows: a stern view of the Edinburgh Castle taken across Belfast Lough as the great liner slid into the water after the launching ceremony this afternoon.
16 October 1947