In Cargo to Capetown, Broderick Crawford plays Johnny Phelan, first mate on a rundown oil tanker captained by his pal Steve Conway (John Ireland). Johnny is willing to look the other way whenever Steve’s larcenous nature comes to surface. But when Steve starts moving in on Johnny’s girl Kitty Mellar (Ellen Drew), it’s more than he can stand. The two men become buddies again during a climactic shipboard fire. —allmovie.com
FBI agents Allan Harper and Tommy Baker are in charge of a group of subversives, spies and saboteurs that the US government is deporting to foreign countries aboard a ship. The deportees attempt a take over… (imdb)
Pen & Ink on Paper Richard Quiller Lane London, England 1899
This rather exquisite pen and ink drawing by British maritime artist Richard Quiller Lane depicts the conversion of the Atlantic Transport Line steamer SS Maine into a hospital ship during the Anglo-Boer War…
The line developed with railroad support as an offshoot of Bernard N. Baker’s Baltimore Storage and Lighterage Company in 1881. Although American owned, the Atlantic Transport Line operated from Britain, with British registered and manned vessels, most of which were British built.
A full-scale regular passenger service to New York commenced in 1892 and today the line is best known for its first class only direct London to New York passenger/cargo service operated by four ships, SS Minneapolis, SS Minnehaha, SS Minnetonka and SS Minnewaska from 1900 to 1915.
In 1898 the U.S. Government bought seven of the Line’s ten ships for use as military transports in the Spanish American War. Much of the line’s fleet was sunk during the First World War.
The White family started building boats in Broadstairs in the 1700s and subsequently moved to Cowes in 1802 where the firm built over 2000 vessels before the yards closed in 1963. the firm finally became defunct in 1981.
Amongst many alumni of J.S.Whites was one Barnes Wallis who finished his apprenticeship there before becoming a marine draughtsman.
An advertisement from my collection dated March 1949.