MONARCH OF BERMUDA

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MONARCH OF BERMUDA

Post by Deepol » Tue Aug 26, 2014 1:21 pm

First of two for Furness Withy's US- Bermuda service she was built by Vickers Armstrongs' Walker yard in 1931. Following War service she was undergoing a refit at the Hebburn drydock in 1947 when she was gutted by a disastrous fire.
Nearly a total loss she was towed to Southampton where she was converted to the emigrant ship NEW AUSTRALIA managed by Shaw Savill in 1949.
Sold on to the Greek Line in 1958 she became their ARKADIA and operated for them until arriving at Valencia on December 18th 1966 to be broken up.
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On the Clyde on trials
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In KG5 during WW2 embarking troops.
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disastrous fire.
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Re: MONARCH OF BERMUDA

Post by Deepol » Tue Aug 26, 2014 1:28 pm

Damage and transformation.
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Two shots of the extensive damage
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Emerging as New Australia with the distinctive bipod mast/ exhaust feature.
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Re: MONARCH OF BERMUDA

Post by Deepol » Tue Aug 26, 2014 1:37 pm

NEW AUSTRALIA and ARKADIA.
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Completing conversion
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In service. Chris Howell collection/Priest.
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Final form as Arkadia for the Greek Line. Chris Howell collection/Priest.
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Re: MONARCH OF BERMUDA

Post by yorkieman » Tue Aug 26, 2014 5:14 pm

Brings back memories on 5 Dec 1964 when I was in Liverpool and saw ARKADIA on the Landing Stage while across the river QUEEN OF BERMUDA was in Cammell Laird's drydock .... maybe the last time they were so close and as you say not long before they met their ends.
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