1. RMS Ivernia postcard

    The RMS Ivernia was launched in 1954. Her name was changed to the RMS Franconia in 1963. In 1973 she was sold to the Soviet Union and renamed the SS Fedor Shalyapin. Scrapped in India in 2004.

    Original (2195 x 1390)

  2. Building boats in Cowes

    Courtesy of Messrs J S White.

    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.

  3. Bernstein’s Fish Grotto

    The most unique restaurant-front in America. The entrance to Bernstein’s Fish Grotto faithfully follows in size and detail - ‘The Nina,’ Flagship of Columbus.”


    The Submarine Gardens contain more than thirty varieties of Kelp and as many kinds of fish. This strange and wonderful under sea life may be viewed to the depths of 75 feet, owning to the remarkably clear waters about Avalon, as the large passenger boats with plate glass bottoms glide slowly over the Gardens.

  5. Dock Office from Canning Dock, Liverpool

    "The Old Order and the New"
    Magic of the Mersey Series

    -This Side For Writing

  6. posted by This Side For Writing

    Ralph Corbett, Mayor inspecting Plan for new Haven & Pier, 1561

    "Pageant Official Postcards - 12 varieties - One Penny each."

    The Liverpool Pageant was in 1907 and served as a celebration of “700 years of municipal history”

    Period coverage of the event can be found here.

  7. Forbidden Island (Columbia, 1958)

    A skin diver tries to recover sunken treasure before a group of thieves learn of its existence. imdb

  8. The Eternal Sea (Republic, 1955)

    One of Republic’s most elaborate productions of the 1950s, The Eternal Sea is the biography of American Admiral John M. Hoskins.

    Sterling Hayden delivers a superbly understated performance as Hoskins, who continued to serve throughout WW2 despite the loss of a leg in the early phases of the conflict.  more

  9. Don’t Go Near the Water (MGM, 1957)

    On a small island in the South Pacific, the Navy’s P.R. department is spending WWII without getting near a ship.

    Lt. Max Siegal is the Second in command to a clueless Commanding Officer who believes Sea Duty to be the worst punishment he can give one of his men.

    Siegal has to keep the foreign correspondents happy, keep his Commander out of trouble and figure out a way for one of the enlisted sailors to date the lady Lieutenant of his dreams - all while convincing a certain island schoolteacher that he’s the man for her.  IMDb

  12. Around the World, Under the Sea (MGM, 1966)

    The crew of a five-man submarine travels the world’s oceans, planting sensors on the ocean floor to warn scientists of impending earthquakes. IMDb

  13. mudwerks:

    Reservoir Dogs (by Truus, Bob & Jan too!)

  14. Souvenir Poster Stamps issued by the Isle of Man Steam Packet Company in Aid of the British Sailors’ Society; 1955