The Sad Demise of a Beautiful Queen

On January 9, 1972, the SS Seawise University was undergoing conversion into a floating university cruise ship in Hong Kong harbor when fire broke out aboard under unexplained circumstances and the ship was capsized by the water used to fight the fire. The ship is much better known as RMS Queen Elizabeth of the Cunard Line which, throughout her career, was the largest ocean liner … Continue reading The Sad Demise of a Beautiful Queen

Happy Birthday to Another Queen

On September 26, 1934, Hull Number 534 was launched into the River Clyde at the John Brown & Company shipyard, Clydebank, Scotland. Her progress down the slipway slowed by eighteen drag chains, the new ship had just been christened as the new flagship ocean liner of the Cunard-White Star Line — the Royal Mail Ship (RMS) Queen Mary. The ship, along with RMS Queen Elizabeth, was built as part … Continue reading Happy Birthday to Another Queen

St. Helena #118 (1938)

Saint Helena is a volcanic tropical island located in the South Atlantic Ocean on the Mid-Atlantic Ridge, more than 1,200 miles (2,000 kilometers) from the nearest major landmass, 2,500 miles (4,000 km) east of Rio de Janeiro and 1,210 mies (1,950 km) west of the Cunene River, which marks the border between Namibia and Angola in southwestern Africa. The island, one of the most remote … Continue reading St. Helena #118 (1938)

Tristan da Cunha #16 (1954)

Tristan da Cunha, colloquially Tristan, is part of the British overseas territory of Saint Helena, Ascension and Tristan da Cunha. This includes Saint Helena and near-equatorial Ascension Island, some 2,318 miles (3,730 kilometers) to the north of Tristan. It is the most remote inhabited archipelago in the world, lying in the South Atlantic Ocean 1,200 miles (2,000 km) from the nearest inhabited land, Saint Helena, … Continue reading Tristan da Cunha #16 (1954)

Ascension #46 (1944)

Ascension #46 (1944)

Ascension Island is an isolated volcanic island in the equatorial waters of the South Atlantic Ocean, roughly midway between the horn of South America and Africa, located around one thousand miles (1,600 kilometers) from the coast of Africa and 1,400 miles (2,250 kilometers) from the coast of Brazil, It is governed as part of the British Overseas Territory of Saint Helena, Ascension and Tristan da … Continue reading Ascension #46 (1944)