8 January, 1999
To the Editor:
Last September, I received a letter from Mrs Kathy Demont, long-time friend and a staunch supporter of ocean liners, in which she enclosed a copy of the summer edition of the irregularly published Ocean Liner Gazette.
I have seen the occasional copy of the Gazette before and always enjoyed it but have never felt compelled to write to the Editor before. So, John, putting on your President's and Editor's hat, and in response to your request on page 19, here goes:
First, in connection with the photograph on page 13, included in Jack Sauter's article, the unknown vessel on the north side of Pier 88 is the Greek Line's Olympia, purpose-built in 1953 by Alexander Stephens and Sons of Glasgow.This was a bit of a struggle but the layouts of the ports, windows and after decks were the clues.
Your second quiz, on page 19, took a tad more research but my guesses are as follows:
The photograph was taken in the mid-1970's, and the ships are, reading from left to right:
North Side Pier 92:The Sagafjord, identified by the two kingposts forward. (Vistafjord only has a mast.)
South Side Pier 92: The Doric, Home Lines, ex-Hanseatic-ex-Shalom, at the time of the photo in the New York/Bermuda service.
North Side Pier 90: The Michelangelo, for no other reason than she had her mainmast painted black and Raffaello did not.
South Side Pier 90: The Oceanic, again Home Lines. Identified by the huge magrodome forward of the funnel and two little wings at the stern on the waterline. Made her a pig going astern, I am told.
North Side Pier 88: Rotterdam, as you state.
South Side Pier 88: Whilst a familiar ship, I cannot put a name to her, although I feel I should know it. Not that large, having only twelve boats, and my guess would be an old ship conversion. Sorry, I cannot help on that one.
I am sure many other more learned folk have written to you, and much earlier than this, giving the information but I thought it would be fun to seen just how close I could get.
My regards and best wishes to you and Mary and all the best for 1999.
Sincerely, Aye, Robin Woodall
(It is always a pleasure to hear from Robin, recently retired captain of Queen Elizabeth 2; his master's insights are of great interest and value. Who knew, for example that Michelangelo's mainmast was black and Raffaello's was not? Certainly not your Editor. Also, the difficulty of going astern aboard Oceanic. Of course the competition has long since been won and a prize awarded to Greg Straub and, when he receives the germane back issues, Robin Woodall will discover that the mystery ship on the south side of Pier 88 is none other than HAL's Statendam.)
To the Editor:
My name is Anthony Strublic. At the current time, I am
creating a book about RMS Titanic, also including her sisters Olympic
and Britannic. A chapter in the book will contain a comparison between the Olympic-class liners and other ships of state of the period. Other liners included will be Lusitania, Mauretania, Aquitania, Imperator, Vaterland and Bismarck.
What I need are photographs of these other liners to include. (For the Lusitania, pre-Titanic and final year photo's would be appreciated.) Photographs of the Olympic-class liners are also needed for the main body of the text.
All photographs are vital to the completion of this book. Any photographs offered would be appreciated. If you have some pictures, please communicate with me at the following address:
Harrison Hall, Room 186
Vincennes, Indiana 47591
Telephone: (812) 888-7321
Once again, any and all photographs offered would be greatly appreciated. Any fees will be paid if necessary.
22 February, 1999
To the Editor:
I acquired a collection of ocean liner models built by a man named Van Ryper of Vineyard Haven, Massachusetts. They are scale wooden models. I wonder if you could help me find out more about the history of the model builder. I would also be interested in knowing about other members who may also collect these models.
I am a nephew of the late Gerard Burke (A long-time Museum member-Editor) and when he died, I was the only person who really had an interest in his ship collection and books and posters. Thus, I have basically his entire model collection.