I really have no reason to post about this article. It is not connected to current news and has no Fortean undercurrent, in fact it is just an item of news. The reason I am posting it is that I think it is just a beautiful photo.
If you had spent as much time as I have flicking through old newspaper images you would be as excited as I am to find such a clear photo. It even shows the shine at the front of the ship!
So many times I find articles that describe an exciting photo, only for me to find the accompanying image is a black blob that seems to have absolutely no relation to the thing I was hoping to see. Grrrr. The quality of newspaper production has certainly come a long way in recent years!
The ship in this photo is called the Parthia. Sadly she was considered uneconomic and sold to P&O in 1961. Her name was changed a few times before she was sent to Taiwan in 1969 to be broken up. What a waste. This ship originally belonged to the White Star Line, a company we all know better for their ill-fated ship, the Titanic.
So here you are, for no reason except my appreciation of it, a photo taken at the Harland and Wolff’s shipyard of the launch of the newest ship in the Cunard White Star Lines fleet, the Parthia in 1947.